High school retires fallen Lakewood officer's jerseys

High school retires fallen Lakewood officer's jerseys »Play Video
Lakewood Officer Ronnie Owens is seen in this old high school photo.
PARKLAND, Wash. -- A mile from the coffee shop where Officer Ronnie Owens was murdered, his little girl held her hand over her heart as her dad's high school honored its fallen graduate.

The gymnasium at Washington High School was packed with police and students silenced as Owens' mother received the folded flag that once flew over the Lakewood Police Department. Former classmates remembered the fallen officer for lettering in sports, donning a mullet his mom begged him to cut.

To honor the man, the school retired the fallen soldiers' old basketball jersey, as well as his old baseball jersey. And students presented the fallen officer's 7-year-old daughter, Madison Owens, with Patriot pride gear.

"Hope you know how proud our school is of your dad every time you wear our Patriot gear," said one student.

"It made me happy that Washington High School did this for us," said Madison Owens.

This year's baseball team will play in Owens' honor and wear caps bearing the former Patriot pitcher's initials.

And every time players hit the field, they'll remember Ronnie Owens. The baseball field at the school will formally be named and known as Ronnie Owens Field in his memory.

The students and staff also raised a thousand dollars they donated to the Owens family.

"I have never been so proud to be a Washington Patriot," said the fallen officer's sister, Ronda LeFrancois.