- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Grief-stricken by his son’s death, the father of a Louisville police detective allegedly hit and killed by a driver charged with being under the influence encouraged mourners Wednesday to raise a glass in remembrance - but not one filled with an alcoholic beverage.

“Out of respect for him and the family, please raise a glass of water, tea or soft drink, but no alcohol today or tonight,” Steve Schweitzer wrote in his eulogy, read mostly by a family friend at the funeral of Detective Jason Schweitzer.

“This is a somber and sober time, and nothing will deaden this pain we all feel,” his father wrote.

In a voice shaking with emotion, Schweitzer took over to read aloud the final passage of his tribute to his 37-year-old son.

He urged mourners to remember the other man killed in the crash - a University of Kentucky employee who was pointing Jason Schweitzer toward a restaurant when a vehicle plowed into them early Saturday in Lexington.

“Goodbye, my son,” he said.

Walking back to his seat, Steve Schweitzer scooped up and hugged his son’s young daughter, who had scurried to him. Jason Schweitzer’s wife, Jessica, is expecting the couple’s second child, a son, in March, according to his obituary.

Hundreds of people gathered for the funeral at the Louisville Catholic church Jason Schweitzer attended. Mourners included Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and scores of Schweitzer’s colleagues at the Louisville Metro Police Department.

As Schweitzer’s flag-draped coffin was loaded into a hearse for the journey to Cave Hill Cemetery, columns of police officers stood at attention and saluted. Youngsters clutching U.S. flags lined the street near the church as the procession began its trip.

Schweitzer was in Lexington for a Fraternal Order of Police conference when he was killed.

The other victim, Timothy Moore, 56, was at work as a third-shift employee in UK’s heating and cooling division when the tragedy occurred. Moore was a Navy veteran with three children and 12 grandchildren and was a year away from retirement, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The driver, Suzanne M. Whitlow, 26, remains hospitalized with unspecified injuries from the crash, Lexington police said Wednesday.

Whitlow is facing second-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence charges. The victims were struck about 2:30 a.m. Saturday when Whitlow lost control of her vehicle, police said.

Schweitzer had been a police officer in Jefferson County since 2001 and served as vice president of the River City FOP Lodge 614 since 2010, according to Louisville police. In his tribute, Steve Schweitzer recalled how his son followed in his own footsteps as a police officer. The father’s eulogy said his son became hooked on police work at an early age.

“When he was a young boy, there were days he would have to accompany me to court,” his father’s eulogy read. “As we walked the halls and I talked to so many people and he would chime in and from that he developed a love of policing.”

The Rev. Dick Sullivan called Schweitzer a “gentle and kind protector” who “did so much good.” Sullivan noted that the outpouring of condolences had included a local judge’s comments that the world “is really unfair.”

“As long as there is sin and wrong judgment and sometimes even evil in the world, it will not be fair,” he said.

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