‘A way for us to start healing;’ Richmond community mourns death of Officer Seara Burton

RICHMOND — The city of Richmond has begun the next chapter in their healing process after the death of Officer Seara Burton was announced Sunday night.

“It’s very hard, very emotional,” Amanda Shull of Richmond said. “But it is a way for us to start healing.”

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Officer Burton was shot in the head during a traffic stop last month and spent five weeks after the shooting fighting for her life in the hospital.

This incident shocked the Richmond community.

“I didn’t think something like this would happen here in Richmond, Indiana,” Richmond native, Joann Plummer said.

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People lined up on both sides of fifth street as the procession passed by the city building just after 2:15p.m.

“Just wanted to come over here and support and show my respects to the family and her co-workers and her stepmom and mom,” Plummer said. “I’m glad I see a lot of people out here to support her and her family.”

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Many people stood with their hands over their hearts as the hearse carrying Officer Burton’s remains slowed down as it passed by her cruiser.

Her cruiser is now parked in front of the building that houses Richmond Police Department as a memorial to her life and public service to the community.

“We’re just grateful for what she did and all that she was to our community,” Deborah Mays of Richmond said. “So with that being said, I wanted to show my love and concern for the whole department.”