Valerio Represents KPD at Hoonah Memorial

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Jay Barrett/KMXT with help from Casey Kelly/KTOO

Police officers from all across the state, and some from the Lower 48, gathered in Hoonah Wednesday for the memorial service held for the two Hoonah police officers killed there late last month. One of those attending to pay their respects was Kodiak Police Lieutenant Kyle Valerio.

KTOO radio’s Casey Kelly spoke with Valerio while on the ferry from Juneau to the small village of Hoonah, on Chichigof Island.

(Valerio 1 17 sec "It’s important to be here … that needs to be done.")

Valerio called the shooting deaths of officers Matthew Tokuoka and Anthony Wallace senseless.

(Valerio 2 37 sec "It makes me feel humble … heal, and be there.")

Valerio recalled some law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty here in Kodiak:

(Valerio 3 25 sec "Back in the ‘80s, Officer Gordon … losses in Kodiak.")

Tukuoka and Wallace were ambushed on August 28th. Wallace was shot in the back while he spoke to Tukuoka, who was then shot while he tried to bring Wallace to safety. Wallace’s mother, and Tukuoka’s wife and four children witnessed the shootings.

John Marvin Junior of Hoonah has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in the slayings. He was arrested after a long stand off with authorities.

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