San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi was laid to rest Monday after being fatally shot in his patrol car while writing a traffic citation shortly before Thanksgiving. Fifty-year-old Marconi was a 20-year veteran of the force and father of two.
The community came out in full force Monday evening to show support for not only San Antonio police, but also law enforcement around the country. San Antonio resident Jimmy Green organized the call to action on Facebook.
“This is a silent, solidarity vigil. We’re going to march in silence because silence is much louder than words and we want to be heard throughout our country,” Green said.
Hundreds showed up to march the streets from the historic Alamo to San Antonio Public Safety Department, the same location Marconi was killed. With American flags and candles in hand, those marching also stood in line to shake hands with San Antonio police officers and offer words of support and encouragement.
San Antonio’s KSAT 12 took breathtaking footage of the silent march, led by horses with illuminated carriages. Watch below:
The suspect, 31-year-old Otis Tyrone McKane, was taken into custody after a search was conducted. Police Chief William McManus said of the incident during a press conference, “The fact that he’s been taken into custody, that does not negate the fact that there are people out there who are still targeting police officers. Our officers will always be vigilant and on guard for that.”