01/17/2007

Slain Baltimore detective remembered for his energy, motivation, jokes

Tears, outrage at Chesley rites
By Annie Linskey
The Baltimore Sun


Fallen officer Det. Troy Lamont Chesley Sr.
Some of the images of Baltimore Detective Troy L. Chesley Sr. that flashed on screens above the pulpit made people laugh.

In one, he is bare-chested, belly out and wearing white swim trunks. Another shows him as a boy, with a silly grin and eyes as big as grapes.

Others shown at his funeral Tuesday revealed his serious side. Posing for a portrait as a young police officer, he looked straight into the camera with a stony expression. Later, he stood with chin up, leaning against a patrol car with other members of the Western District.

Chesley was shot twice in the chest during a gunfight outside his girlfriend's West Forest Park home early Jan. 9. He had just finished work and had his keys in the door when the shooting began. Before he collapsed, Chesley shot one man in the leg.

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