From around the State–and the Country–mourners gathered in San Antonio Monday to pay tribute to a fallen hero.
“He was a great man, who served this City so well” said San Antonio Police Chaplain Betsy Buehler, remembering Detective Benjamin Marconi at Community Bible Church–eight days after Marconi was murdered while writing a traffic ticket outside of Police Headquarters Downtown.
“We are truly devastated at the loss of our brother detective–and–quite frankly, the grief has been very difficult to endure” said Detective Michael Davis, who served in SAPD’s Special Victims Unit alongside Marconi.
“He experienced and saw things on a daily basis that most people rarely saw or experienced in a lifetime” Davis said.
Marconi’s family also remembered a fallen father, grandfather, and brother taken too soon, pointing to some of the simpler things in describing what they’ll miss most.
“His deep belly laughter that had you rolling around, and the silly things he would say” remembered stepdaughter Jacey Lewis, who also pointed to more serious lessons she learned from him as well.
“He taught me to never judge a book by its cover and to give everybody a chance” Lewis said.
“He’s still with us… he’ll always be with us in heart and spirit” son Dane Marconi said through tears, addressing the Detective’s colleagues.
“He loved all of you… his brothers, his family. You all are the thin blue line between good and evil” the younger Marconi said.
The Detective’s shield was officially retired by the Department at the conclusion of the funeral. His family was also presented with an American flag that had been flying over the State Capitol in Austin.
“Although we no longer have Detective Marconi here to keep us safe, we can have some comfort knowing he is with our Lord, keeping all of his angles safe in Heaven” said State Senator Carlos Uresti, flanked by fellow Senators Donna Campbell and Jose Menendez. Governor Greg Abbott was also in attendance for the services.