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Artist memorializes slain Westerville Police and other Central Ohio officers

A Morrow County woman said she feels compelled to paint portraits of slain Central Ohio police officers. (WSYX/WTTE)

A Morrow County woman said she feels compelled to paint portraits of slain Central Ohio police officers.

Today she delivered two portraits to Westerville Police to memorialize Officers Tony Morelli and Eric Joering who were shot and killed last month in the line of duty. Tammy Goodman said she painted the men to honor them.

"It's just something that God puts on my heart," she said.

Goodman has an office in Centerburg, which is Joering's hometown but said the call to honor the men went deeper. She has also painted portraits of slain officers, Sean Johnson of Hilliard, Steve Smith of Columbus, and Thomas Cottrell of Danville.

"It's sad that someone does a job to protect us and his life is taken," she said.

Joe Morbitzer, chief of Westerville Police, said the official period of mourning will end Saturday, one month from the day Morelli and Joering were ambushed on a domestic violence call.

It's not clear what the department will do with the Goodman's portraits.

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