The National Guard Armory in Quincy was filled with family, friends and law officers coming to mourn an officer slain in the line of duty.
OFC Lonnie Michael Wells was shot to death while responding to a domestic dispute in South Carolina last month. Those who knew OFC Lonnie Wells describe him as a gentle giant, loving man, great father, and incredible partner.
His death has left a hole in the hearts of so many people, yet they find comfort knowing he's in a better place. As far as you could see, squad cars from across the state and as far away as South Carolina escorted the family of OFC Lonnie Michael Wells, killed in the line of duty two weeks ago.
Law enforcement officers stood at attention as countless family members made their way inside the National Guard Armory for Wells’ funeral. Music filled the air as Wells’ graduating class from Shanks High sang songs, remembering a fallen hero and friend.
And a long line of friends and family shared words of encouragement and reflection, even his teenage daughter.
Deja Wells said, "I know you watching us. God has you in a better place."
Wells’ older brother eulogized him too as a man who had a great relationship with his God and was prepared spiritually.
Daniel Wells said "Tell me Michael's heart was right, but many of us got some stained heart."
Wells’ death was especially painful for those who knew him and worked closely with him.
Al Johnson shared, "He was a good man with a good heart. He touched a lot of people; he had an effect on everyone."
OFC Thelma Lewis added, "We talked everyday. He was my best friend, my partner; we got along well."
The funeral was steep in military tradition with a 21 Gun Salute, and Taps, a fitting tribute to a man who served his country and his community.
Wells is survived by his wife and two children, his mother, three brothers, a sister and a host of relatives and friends. This is the second funeral service for Wells before he came home to his final resting place.