Slain Riverside police Officer Crain remembered on five-year anniversary of his death with donuts, tributes
By Brian Rokos
Riverside police remembered Officer Michael Crain and wished Officer Andrew Tachias a continued recovery on Wednesday, Feb. 7, five years to the day they were ambushed by a fugitive homicide suspect seeking vengeance for his firing from the Los Angeles Police Department.
Riverside police Officer Michael Crain. (Courtesy of Riverside Police Department)
Crain died from gunfire and Tachias suffered injuries that eventually forced him to retire as an officer as they sat in their patrol car at a red light at Magnolia and Arlington avenues in the early morning hours on Feb. 7, 2013.
Officers, friends and family members on Wednesday gathered at 1:30 a.m. — the approximate time of the shooting — in a parking lot at the intersection. Some ate chocolate donuts — Crain’s favorite — and observed a moment of silence.
Deputy Chief Larry Gonzalez afterward requested radio silence, and then a dispatcher read a tribute:
“Mike — You are missed every day by your family, friends, co-workers and community, and will never be forgotten. To Officer Andrew Tachias, it is so good to see your smiling face and happy soul around the station. We all pray for continued success in your journey toward recovery and continue healing. Officer Crain and Officer Tachias, you are heroes and will forever be in our hearts. You’re gone but not forgotten, we will never forget Officer Michael Crain, end of watch Feb. 7, 2013. Rest in peace, Mike.”
Riverside police posted a video tribute to Crain on the department Facebook page that showed images of Crain as a father to daughter Kaitlyn and son Ian, husband to Regina Crain and as a police officer.
Crain’s son, Ian, now 15, wrote in the post:
“It’s been five years since my dad was killed, but I can’t believe it has been that […]