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DAVIS, Calif. — At a candlelight vigil held for slain Officer Natalie Corona, Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel announced that her memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18.
The services will be held at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) at UC Davis. As many as 6,000 officers and others are expected to attend. Services are expected to last about and hour and 30 minutes. One hour later, the procession will begin.
Officer Corona was shot and killed by a gunman during what the department is calling a routine traffic collision call. The accused gunman, who was been identified as a 48-year-old Davis resident, shot and killed himself hours after police say he shot Officer Corona.
Time: 11 a.m. (service will last for approximately one hour)
When: Friday, Jan. 18, Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
Where: The Pavilion at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) at UC Davis.
People can enter at the southwest concourse level, the southeast mezzanine and concourse levels, and the northeast concourse level.
The public is welcome to attend and no RSVP is required. However, the university expects to reach capacity. An overflow area will be available on Hutchison Field south of the Pavilion. This area will receive audio of the memorial service.
About 4,000 parking spaces will be available for the service, with certain areas reserved.
The university is setting aside a parking garage and several parking lots for law enforcement officers from around the state and country, as well as family and friends and the public. Below is an interactive map created by the university to clearly layout Friday parking arrangements.
All campus activities, including classes, will continue as normally scheduled Friday, University officials said. Alternative forms of transportation is encouraged to ease the parking crunch.
The City of Davis will not be enforcing parking restriction on Friday between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the city. The public will be able to park on city streets and city parking lots without fees.
The City asks that the public not block red curbs, fire hydrants, or park in handicap spaces without a permit.
Alternative parking: Transportation Services (TAPS) will not charge for parking on Friday, Unitrans will be free and picking up at several remote campus lots every 10 minutes. In addition, the City will not be charging for parking or enforcing permit regulations in residential and downtown areas.
For more details, click here.
The memorial procession will take Officer Corona from Davis to Arbuckle. The procession will follow this route an hour after the conclusion of the 11 a.m. funeral service.
- Depart the Pavilion and travel north on La Rue Road
- At Russell Boulevard, continue north on Anderson Road
- At Covell Boulevard, turn west, and continue west on Covell Boulevard
- At State Route 113, turn north, and continue north on State Route 113 to Woodland
- In Woodland, northbound State Route 113 merges into northbound I-5
- Continue on northbound I-5 to Arbuckle.
A full map can be found HERE.
HELPING THE DEPARTMENT
On Jan. 13 the Davis Police Department announced that they were back to work, saying that the community is hurting just as much as they are, and reminding readers to "be kind to one another."
In a second post, the department released the following information for those who wish to help during this emotional time.
Those interested in donating money to the family of Officer Corona have three options to donate:
- Checks: Make all checks payable to the "Natalie Corona Memorial Fund." Those checks can be dropped off or mailed to the Davis Police Department. The address is: 2600 5th St. Davis, Ca. 95618.
- Venmo: NatalieCorona-MemorialFund
- PayPal: To donate via PayPal, click here.
Those interested in providing meals during officer shifts, or for the memorial service on Friday are asked to contact Michele Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The department said the following about the amount of calls they have been receiving since the death of Officer Corona:
"While we genuinely appreciate the calls to our Dispatch Center expressing condolences, the sheer volume of calls have begun to interfere with our daily operations."
The department asks that any messages of support be emailed to email@example.com. And if members of the community have letters, cards, art or poems for the department, they are welcome to stop by and drop them off. Copies will be shared with the Corona Family.
"Again, the Davis PD family thanks you for the love you have shown to us," the Facebook post reads. "We have no doubt that such kindness and empathy would have made Natalie proud."
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