Slain NJ officer honored where she fell

When Mary Ann Collura was shot and killed in 2003, "it bothered me that it happened on holy ground"

By Joan Verdon
Herald News

PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ — The Fair Lawn Police Department held its eighth memorial service for slain Officer Mary Ann Collura on Sunday, and for the first time gathered to remember her at the place where she was killed, on the grounds of the Van Riper-Ellis/Broadway Baptist Church on River Road.

When Collura was shot and killed on April 17, 2003, "it bothered me that it happened on holy ground," said Fair Lawn PBA Local 67 President and chaplain David Boone. Now, Boone said, the church grounds, which are marked with a monument to Collura, and a flowering tree planted in her honor "have become a very comforting place for me because it is holy ground."

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