The Wyandotte community is coming together Wednesday evening to say goodbye to a pair of Wyandotte County deputies killed in the line of duty.
Theresa King and Patrick Rohrer were killed Friday while transferring a prisoner. Authorities say the inmate apparently overpowered the deputies in a gated area behind the courthouse and shot them — possibly with one of their own guns.
King was 44 and had three children. Rohrer was 35 and was the father of two.
King will be remembered at a visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Jack Reardon Center. Those wanting to drop off flowers can do so Wednesday at the Jack Reardon Center between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Rohrer's family has requested not to hold a visitation.
Their funeral is at 9 a.m. Thursday at Children's Mercy Park. The public is invited.
The Kansas City, KS Police Department will be overseeing the procession through city streets until it reaches Interstate 35 and Seventh Street. Once the procession arrives at I-35, the Kansas Highway Patrol will be overseeing the procession, until it exits the interstate.
There will be a rolling roadblock southbound on I-35, troopers say. Motorists should expect entrance ramps to southbound I-35 to be blocked. Traffic needs to be prepared for reduced speeds, and no traffic will be allowed to pass the procession.
Prior to the funeral, and during the procession, motorists should prepare for delays, or take alternate routes in the KCK and northern Johnson County area.
The U.S. Honor Flag will be in Kansas City Wednesday to honor the deputies.
The flag is traveling in InspirationONE, a 44-foot custom RV, with the U.S. Honor Flag team.
The Honor Flag has traveled over 7 million miles since 9/11 to honor firefighters, police officers, first responders and members of the U.S. Armed Forces killed in the line of duty.
Those who know King and Rohrer say each of them touched many lives.
"Not only did I lose a friend, not only did we lose a hero, someone lost their mother, their sister, their aunt," said Nichelle Garrett, a friend of King.
"I just remember him expressing this was one of his dreams. He was a joy to be around. He was a good guy," said David Thaxton with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office.
“These were two bright and intelligent wonderful personalities," Major Kelli Baliff with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office said. "They were an asset to our agency, willing to help out, willing to do anything. It is a tremendous, great loss to our agency.”
For those unable to attend the services, there are multiple options to assist the families of King and Rohrer.
No charges have been filed against the man police believe shot the deputies. The Wyandotte County Prosecutor's Office says there likely won't be charges filed for several days.
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