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Funeral Service to Be Held for Slain Lancaster Sgt. Steve Owen

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Hundreds of people were expected to pay their respects Thursday during a funeral service for slain Lancaster sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Owen.

A sign honoring slain Sgt. Steve Owen is seen outside a church in Lancaster on Oct. 13, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

A sign honoring slain Sgt. Steve Owen is seen outside a church in Lancaster on Oct. 13, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

The service will be held at Lancaster Baptist Church, located at 4030 East Lancaster Boulevard, at 10 a.m.

A sign reading, “In Loving Memory of Sgt. Steve Owen,” could be seen in front of the church Thursday morning.

A procession will precede the service, beginning at 8 a.m.

Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris were expected to be in attendance, the Associated Press reported.

Owen, 53, was shot after responding to a burglary call just after noon Wednesday.

The man suspected in the shooting, Trenton Trevon Lovell, then stood over Owen and shot him four times “execution-style,” sheriff’s officials said. Owen died after being taken to Antelope Valley Hospital.

Lovell has been charged with capital murder in connection with the sergeant’s death.

Owen is survived by his wife Tania, adult sons Brandon and Chad, stepdaughter Shannon and mother Millie.

Family members thanked supporters in a public statement over the weekend.

“We want to say thank you for the love and support you have shown our family as we mourn the loss of our husband, father, brother, uncle, son, and ultimately our HERO, Sgt. Steve Owen,” a portion of the statement, which was posted on Facebook, read.

Sheriff’s officials warned residents of intermittent or full closures along the route during Thursday’s procession:

• Southbound Sierra Highway to East Avenue M (Columbia Way)
• Eastbound East Avenue M (Columbia Way) to 50th Street East
• Northbound 50th Street East to East Lancaster Boulevard
• Westbound on East Lancaster Boulevard to 40th Street East
• South on 40th Street East into the Lancaster Baptist Church

The service will be closed to the public, but department will live stream the event at live.lasd.org.


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