Boy Spots Photo of Fallen Cop at Makeshift Memorial, Returns to Lay a Heartfelt Note

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
May 15, 2019 Updated: May 22, 2019

Back in June 2018, a makeshift memorial was set up outside Milwaukee District 4 police station to mourn the loss of 23-year-old Officer Charles Irvine Jr., who was killed in a violent crash while on duty. Amongst the colorful flowers and gifts placed on top of a squad car, there was a heartwarming note written by 12-year-old Avant Turner.

Turner, a sixth-grader at Carmen School of Science and Technology near District 4, saw the squad car flipping over on T.V.

However, he did not have the slightest idea Officer Irvine was driving in the squad car.

As Irvine chased down suspect Ladell Harrison, Irvine lost control of his vehicle, and it flipped as many as 20 times near 76th and Silver Spring Drive on June 7, 2018, FOX 6 reported. The officer was thrown from the car, and sadly, he didn’t survive.

MPD Officer Charles G. Irvine Jr. 2/16/1995-6/7/2018We will never forget. May he Rest In Peace.

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It was only a few days later, when Turner dropped by Milwaukee Police Department District 4, that he became aware that the heroic officer involved in the tragedy was his “best friend.”

Turner saw a squad car, draped in black and decorated with flowers, gifts, and flags, as well as a picture of the slain police officer, parked in front of the police station.

“I went to the car and I looked at the picture,” Turner told FOX 6.

He was shocked to see Officer Irvine’s photo on the car.

“That was the worst day of my life,” Turner told WISN.

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Turner met Irvine after police arrested his older brother in early 2018.

Though Irvine arrested his brother, the boy didn’t blame him. Speaking to CBS 58, he said, “That wasn’t his fault that he had to arrest him.”

Instead, he sparked up a special friendship with the kind officer.

“He is my best friend,” Turner said, alluding to Irvine. “He is the only person I can tell my secrets to.”

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And Irvine was the “only one who understands” Turner.

So, the boy started visiting MPD’s District 4 to see his best friend every now and then while on his bike ride home from school.

“He used to be behind District 4. He used to ask me about school sometimes—was I doing good, and did I need his help for anything. He’s the only one who helped me out with like, school. For example, if someone was trying to pick on me and I couldn’t get a hold of a teacher, he’d tell me to walk past him and stuff,” said Turner.

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To pay tribute to Irvine, Turner went to school to get a pencil and paper to pen a heartfelt note. He wrote, “Thank you for being my best friend and helping me calm down.”

On June 12, Turner returned to MPD’s District 4.

“It’s depressing when I walk by,” the boy said.

He laid the handwritten note and a toy car, which he received for Christmas, on the squad car.

“It’s not right to not leave a message for my best friend,” he said.

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Turner had wanted to go to the movies with Irvine in the summer. Not able to see the officer again the next time he walks past MPD’s District 4, he was upset.

“There’s more people that wish he were still here just like me,” the 12-year-old said.

Knowing that Turner had a hard time dealing with his best friend’s death, community activist Tracey Dent rallied strangers and the officers at MPD’s District 4 to give the boy a leg-up.

To show the boy some love, a Milwaukee police lieutenant even told Turner “I’m [he’s] welcome anytime, to come to District number four for any problems or anything.”

#UPDATE- Another Officer at MPD district 4 has offered to carry on the friendship fallen Officer Charles Irvine has with…

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Latrice Jefferson, Turner’s mom, was worried about the void it has left. “He’s not going to be there, and this is not the person he’s going to see next year when he walks to school,” she said.

Beyond a doubt, Irvine will never be gone in Turner’s heart, even though he is dead.

Not only will Turner keep his best friend close to his heart, but the boy will also follow in his footsteps to become a police officer when he grows up.

“I want to follow his footprints. I want to get far for him,” he said.

Rest in peace, Officer Charles Irvine Jr. Thank you for befriending Turner and being a positive role model for the boy, as well as lending him a listening ear when he needed it.

RIP Officer Charles Irvine Jr. Officers saluted their fallen colleague after his body was moved inside the Milwaukee Co. medical examiner’s office.

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Watch the video:

MPD reaches out to 12-yr old Avant Turner, fallen Officer Charles Irvine Jr's "best friend"

#UPDATE- A Officer with the Milwaukee Police Department has offered to carry on the friendship fallen Officer Charles Irvine Junior had with 12-year old Avant Turner. Others in the community have also stepped up to support the the young may who told Fox6 he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. FOX6 News Milwaukee FOX 6 Wake Up Milwaukee Police Department

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