Biden to speak at vigil for slain Baton Rouge officers


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch are scheduled to speak at a Baton Rouge vigil honoring the three law enforcement officers who were killed by a lone gunman during a shootout outside a convenience store.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and relatives of the slain officers also are expected to speak at Thursday’s ceremony at Healing Place Church, where a funeral was held last Friday for Baton Rouge police Officer Matthew Gerald.

Gerald, sheriff’s deputy Brad Garafola and police officer Montrell Jackson were shot and killed July 17 by 29-year-old Gavin Long, an Army veteran from Kansas City, Missouri. Long also wounded three other officers before a SWAT officer gunned him down.

Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Tullier was critically wounded and remains in a hospital.

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