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Memorial plan announced for SLO police detective killed in line of duty

San Luis Obispo Police Department

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- San Luis Obispo City announced funeral services for a police detective who was killed in the line of duty on Monday.

The City along with the officer's family announced plans for Detective Luca Benedetti's funeral services starting next week. Benedetti lost his life on Monday evening while serving a search warrant at a San Luis Obispo apartment. 

Detective Benedetti was a 12-year law enforcement veteran. He was 37 years old and left behind a wife and two young daughters.

The funeral services will be held on May 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center at 1 Grand Avenue in San Luis Obispo.

The event will be followed by a first responder procession to a private graveside service.

The City says more details on the procession route will be provided on May 19. Community members are welcome to come and show their support and pay their respects at the processional.

“We have been overwhelmed by the public’s support. It means so much to everyone who knew and cared for Luca,” said Police Chief Rick Scott. “We know our community is hurting too, and we hope creating this opportunity to come together will help in the healing process.”

Anyone planning on attending the procession may RSVP by clicking here.

From May 14 through May 21, city officials invite community members to show their support for the Benedetti Family, co-workers and many others affected by Monday's tragic events by visiting the outdoor memorial site at the City Hall lawn at 990 Palm Street in San Luis Obispo.

Currently, a memorial banner and flags will also be prominently display at the Police Station and Fire Station #1.

Community members may also show their support with blue memorial ribbons and by lowering their flags to half-staff.

Chief Scott says cards and messages left at City Hall or the police department memorial sites will be delivered to the Benedetti family.

Earlier this week, the San Luis Obispo Police Department Police Officer Association and the San Luis Obispo Regional SWAT team set up a GoFundMe page to provide financial assistance to the Benedetti family. The GoFundMe has raised more than $360,000 so far.

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