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Police, family and community prepare to put slain officer to rest

People in Grove City came out to honor fallen Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric DiSario. (WSYX/WTTE)

Dozens of police vehicles accompanied the hearse carrying the remains of Steven Eric Disario to a chruch in Grove City where his funeral will be held Saturday.

Disario, the police chief in Kirkersville, was shot and killed by a gunman who took two other lives, then shot himself to death. A visitation is being held Friday night at the Grove City Church of the Nazarene.

Before the visitation, community members prepared the outside of the church and much of Hoover Road by tying blue ribbons and placing small American flags in the ground. Natalie Davis was among the volunteers, despite not knowing Disario or living in Kirkersville.

"We wanted to just come out and do something for the community in honor of him," she said.

As the procession of police vehicles slowly drove to the church from downtown Columbus, neighbors stopped to watch and pay their respects. Perry Higginbotham lamented the death of Disario, calling it senseless.

"It's nonsense," he said. "It really is. It shouldn't have happened."

The visitation was open to the public. Saturday's funeral, however, is not. It will feature a police escort and a flyover of police helicopters in the missing man formation. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will be among the speakers at the funeral.

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