As three men in American Legion uniforms folded an American flag into a tight triangle, Jeanette Black clutched the hand of her 11-year-old grandson as they mourned the man who had saved them from a violent intruder only to be shot and killed by an Aurora police officer who had responded to their 911 call. The boy wiped tears streaming down his face as two buglers played taps, and his father pulled him close as family, friends and military veterans celebrated the life of Richard Gary Black Jr., the 73-year-old Vietnam veteran who died July 30 in what has been described as one of the most tragic police shootings in the city’s history. After Saturday’s service at Fairmount Cemetery, Jeanette Black said she felt good about the tribute — even the presence of Aurora Police Department Chief Nick Metz and a handful other uniformed officers. The service reflected her husband’s dignified personality, she said. “I miss him tremendously,” she said. “There was never a day where we didn’t love each other.” Black’s heroism on the battlefield and his heroism on the day he died were front and center during the service. “He was a hero coming out of that war,… Read full this story
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