WESTON -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers were among those who gathered to pay respects to a Wisconsin detective killed in the line of duty along with three others in a string of shootings near Wausau on March 22nd.
The officers, in step, approached the open casket at D.C. Everest High School where they slowly saluted Jason Weiland, killed while encountering a man accused of also fatally shooting two bank employees and an attorney.
The officers from far away jurisdictions gathered in a demonstration of unity and brotherhood.
They joined family, friends and acquaintances packed into the gym.
Weiland is survived by his wife Kara and two daughters, Ella and Anna. One of the girls stepped up to the podium at the funeral Wednesday and told the crowd who memories of her dad include camping and their father-daughter dance.
Jason Weiland's funeral
After the funeral, there was a procession from the high school to the Brainard Funeral Home in nearby Wausau.
Weiland was a detective for the Everest Metro Police Department.
Jason Weiland's funeral
Nengmy Vang is suspected of shooting Weiland and three others. The other victims were identified as Marathon Savings Bank employees Dianne Look, Karen Barclay and attorney Sara Quirt Sann. Vang was injured in a standoff with police.
Honoring the victims
A memorial fund for the family of Jason Weiland, a detective and 15-year veteran of the Everest Metropolitan Police Department, has been established through Intercity State Bank, 2900 Schofield Avenue, Weston, WI 54476. Donations for the family can be directed to Intercity State Bank under the name of “Weiland Memorial Fund.”
A memorial fund for all of the victims (Weiland, the police detective, Dianne Look and Karen Barclay, employees at Marathon Savings Bank and Sara Quirt Sann, an attorney) has been established through River Valley Bank, c/o Victims Family Fund, 327 N 17th Avenue, Wausau, WI 54401. Donations will be accepted at all River Valley Branch locations until April 30th.
Marathon Savings Bank has established a fund for Dianne Look and Karen Barclay, employees at Marathon Savings Bank killed in the shootings. Marathon Savings Bank has provided an initial gift of $30,000. Also, in response to members of the community seeking a way to support the families, Marathon Savings Bank established a GoFundMe page for the “Barclay and Look Family Fund.”
A company in Wausau has created $5 stickers that say “Central Wisconsin Strong 3.22.17.” Bracelets are also in the works. Both can be purchased at Embroidme Wausau and Goin' Postal Wausau.