SLAIN OFFICER’S CAR STANDS AS TEMPORARY MEMORIAL ON WALK OF CHAMPIONS

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Those who wished to commemorate the life of Tuscaloosa Police Investigator Dornell Cousette had several options before his funeral Sunday.

Last week, Cousette’s police vehicle was set up on the Walk of Champions outside Bryant-Denny Stadium. Over the few days it was there, the vehicle was covered in flowers, notes and memories for the slain officer.

David Ashcraft of Aliceville put his skills to work in making Cousette a loving tribute: a black and white American flag inscribed with Cousette’s name, along with a police badge nestled atop a singular stripe of blue.

“They laid a high sacrifice into protecting our freedom,” Ashcraft said. “If I never see it again that’s fine. It was given with love and respect for their son and what he gave to us.”

The parent of a University of Alabama student said Cousette’s memorial on the Walk of Champions shows how much the university cares about the surrounding community.

“It actually made me proud that the university would do something like this,” Mark D’Amato said. “As the parent of a freshman, this is the first time we’ve visited the school for a football game. To see something like this, it makes you feel proud that she is going to a university like this. She made the right choice to come here.”

Friday afternoon, officers collected the flowers, notes, cards and keepsakes for Cousette’s family.

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