The Latest: Company donates caskets for 3 slain officers

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Posted: Jul 21, 2016 1:55 PM
The Latest: Company donates caskets for 3 slain officers

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the funerals of three officers killed in Baton Rouge (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

A former law enforcement officer who owns a casket-making business has designed and donated coffins for the funerals of three officers who were killed Sunday in Baton Rouge.

Trey Ganem is owner of Trey Ganem Designs in Edna, Texas. He said he felt like he had to do something for the officers after he heard about how they were ambushed Sunday by a man who police said was targeting law enforcement.

Ganem told The Associated Press that his employees spent hours researching each fallen officer and speaking to his family before designing his casket.

Among the designs: A Superman shield for the casket that will hold Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Montrell Jackson's body. Ganem said Montrell's wife said she "thought of him as Superman."

Also killed in the ambush were Officer Matthew Gerald of the Baton Rouge Police Department and Deputy Brad Garafola Sr. of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. Ganem said Gerald's casket would reflect his military background, but he didn't elaborate on the design during a quick telephone interview while he was driving.

Ganem said Texas officers were escorting the caskets to Baton Rouge on Thursday from Edna, located about 90 miles southwest of Houston.

The officers' funerals are scheduled over the next few days, starting Friday.

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3 a.m.

Baton Rouge is preparing for the funerals of three slain police officers.

Visitation is set Thursday evening for city police department officer Matthew Gerald. Gerald's funeral is set for Friday morning.

The funeral for East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola is set for Saturday.

Montrell Jackson, also of the city police department, will be buried after a Monday funeral.

All three were shot to death Sunday by a lone gunman, Gavin Long, who was fatally shot by police after killing the three and wounding three others.