In a touching tribute to her slain son, 87-year-old Lucille Patrick sang a rousing rendition of God Bless America that concluded with dozens of police officers joining in, and a standing ovation.
Patrick, dressed in a teal skirt and top and with her hair pulled back, was front and center at a brief ceremony Wednesday at Miami’s Northside police substation in which a plaque was unveiled for her son Carl Patrick, a 25-year veteran police sergeant who was shot, killed and set on fire a year ago in his Pembroke Pines home.
“I will forgive her,” Lucille Patrick said. “I will forgive her, but she has to be punished.”
Tiniko Thompson, Carl Patrick’s girlfriend and a Miami public service aide, was charged with second-degree murder last year for the May 9, 2014, killing in which Carl Patrick was found shot and wrapped in a blanket while dressed in full police uniform. Last month a Broward County Circuit Court judge denied a request by Thompson that the case be dismissed on the grounds of self defense.
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A plaque honoring Carl Patrick was unveiled during the Wednesday ceremony, which was attended by most of the police department’s command staff and by Patrick’s fellow officers. Under his picture on the plaque it read: “We will miss you and will always be in our hearts. God Bless.”
Patrick was 52 when he was killed.
Miami Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes told the crowd they were gathered Wednesday because Patrick left an imprint on all of them.
“Carl served his church, he served his country, Carl served every one of us,” Llanes said. “We should all aspire to be like Carl Patrick.”