Those who knew Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Velez well, and those who just wanted to pay respects, showed up at the wake for Trooper Velez at Lorain County Community College today.
Law enforcement from 19 States and Canada made their way to Ohio for the trooper's "end of watch" services.
Funeral services will be held starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Ewing Activities Center at LCCC. Troopers say the services are expected to last for 75 minutes and will be immediately be followed by a processional to his final resting place.
He will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery. While the cemetery service is private, community members may line the motorcade route, if they like. The funeral is also open to the public.
The funeral procession will travel along the following route:
- Exit Lorain Community College to Abbe Road north (right SR-301)
- Abbe Road north to North Ridge Road west (left SR-254)
- North Ridge Road west to Broadway Avenue (right)
- Broadway Avenue north to North Ridge Road west (left)
- North Ridge Road west to Calvary Cemetery (left into south side)
Trooper Velez was struck by a vehicle while conducting traffic enforcement on Interstate 90 in Cleveland September 15.
During his career, Trooper Velez received several commendation letters and awards. He recently celebrated his 48th birthday, and is survived by his three children.
Trooper Velez began training with the Ohio State Highway Patrol's 118th Academy Class in May 1989.
After graduation, he was assigned to the Canfield Post and later transferred to the Elyria Post in February 1992.