Funeral Mass celebrated for fallen LAPD Officer

Credit: LOS ANGELES TIMES POOL PHOTOS.

A packed and somber assembly at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels witnessed the March 13 funeral Mass of fallen LAPD Officer Nicholas Choung Lee.

The assembly included hundreds of fellow officers plus civic officials — among them, Gov. Jerry Brown and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Archbishop José Gomez presided at the Mass, while Father Edward Dover, pastor of Holy Redeemer Church in Montrose — which Lee’s family attends — delivered the homily. 

Many praised Officer Lee — a husband and father — as a devoted family man and a man of great love. “We mourn a great man here today,” said Garcetti.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck called Lee “the best of us,” and declared that “heroes never die — they live forever in the hearts of their brothers and sisters.”

Lee died March 7 while on duty when a truck hauling a trash container crashed into the patrol car carrying Lee and another officer at Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane in Beverly Hills, close to its border with L.A. City. Lee died at the scene; the other officer was treated and released the next day. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Lee, 40, was a 16-year LAPD veteran with numerous commendations. He grew up in Koreatown after his family immigrated from Korea to the U.S. when he was 6 years old. He graduated University High School and Cal State Fullerton, and most recently was assigned to LAPD’s Hollywood Division.

A rosary service was celebrated March 12 at St. Basil Church in Koreatown. Lee is survived by his wife Cathy, two daughters (ages 13 and 6), his parents and a younger brother.

A memorial fund has been set up for Lee’s family. Donations can be made to Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union/Attention: Nicholas Lee/Blue Ribbon Fund, P.O. Box 10188, Van Nuys, CA, 91410.


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    Super Groovy 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys. Sponsored by St. Euphrasia School, this year’s “Super Groovy” theme celebrates the school’s 50th anniversary of its founding in 1964 and serves as a tribute to that nostalgic era of peace and love — the 60’s. At the finish line, all runners and walkers will be puffed with clouds of psychodelic color. Registration $25-$40. For more information, contact Susie Sempelsz, (818) 488-1598. info@knights5k.org.

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    Challenge Weekend for Men, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Povorello Retreat House, 1519 Woodworth St., San Fernando. Presented by St. John Eudes and Our Lady of Grace Men’s Fellowships. Men will not board overnight; lunch is provided both days. $90 or donation. Register at knowingweekend.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Fred Perez, (818) 749-5126.

    First Annual Sacred Heart High School Gala, 5 p.m., Los Angeles City College New Student Activities Center, 855 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles. Proceeds from the event, themed “United to Empower,” will benefit the Comet Scholarship Fund.



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