PARKLAND, Wash. -- Dozens of people packed the Forza Coffee shop in Parkland Tuesday night tohonor four Lakewood Police officers who were killed there two years ago.
On the morningof November 29, 2009, Maurice Clemmons walked into thecoffee shopand opened fire on fourofficers who were meeting before work. Sergeant Mark Renninger andOfficers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens were killed. Clemmons was shot and killed by a Seattle Police officer a few days later.
Courtney Marshall, who owns the coffee shop with her husband, feels the need to do something for the fallen officers each year on this date.
I knew all the officers personally, Marshall said. It's important to remember what happened and also to use it in a positive light.
So the coffee shop held a concert of remembrance Tuesday night, featuring upbeat music and plenty of laughter to help the community through an emotional day.
I've been really happy at times and I've been really broken down at times, Marshall said. It's emotional.
Just outside of the coffee shop, some stopped by to look at a memorialto the officers, which was dedicated a year ago,
It will always hurt, said Shoshannah Crom, who knew some of the officers. I had somebody tell me that the feelings don't get easier, they just get different.
Some people who never met the officers also stopped by.
They served our community -- that's enough, said Sharon Coward.
The concert was also an opportunity to collectdonationsfor the second annual Fallen Officers Food Drive, which runs though December 5. The goal is to collect 50,000 pounds of food and raise $50,000 to benefit needy families in Pierce County. Donations can be made at any Forza Coffee shop, Pierce County Library branches and Lakewood Hardware.