Adrian Morris (Prince George's County Police)
MITCHELVILLE, Md,(WUSA) -- Tuesday at 10 a.m., hundreds of people gathered to say goodbye to Officer Adrian Morris at Woodstream Church. He was the 23-year-old Prince George's County police officer who died during a high-speed pursuit of suspected car thieves last week.
Morris was from Jamaica but he grew up in Laurel. He graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School, and joined the Prince George's County Police Department in 2009. So had only been on the force for two-and-a-half years when last week, he was killed during a high-speed chase on I-95. Morris was chasing two men suspected of stealing a car when his cruiser flipped. He was ejected and killed almost instantly.
Morris' mother, brother, sister, father, uncles and grandmothers attended the funeral on Tuesday, reported Armando Trull. But on Tuesday, Morris was part of a larger family as police officers from multiple jurisdictions paid their respect to man described as honorable, heroic, and joyful.
The chaplain said on Tuesday morning, "Thank you for a son that any mother would be proud to have."
Themes of love and brotherhood carried throughout the service.
"Whether you knew him personally or not is irrelevant," said one speaker. "He is a brother. He always will be a brother."
A fellow police officer and friend spoke fondly of Officer Morris, who was posthumously promoted to Police Officer First Class. He told stories of their friendship and at one point, struggled to fight back tears. He shared, "To me, he was my friend, he was my brother, and I loved him."
Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw also spoke about Morris, telling the crowd, "His loss has left us with a tremendous void." The chief noted that Morris was "always willing to help others."
One officer reached out to Morris' family directly saying, "We love you and any time you want to come by the station, we'll be here for you."
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