SAN MARCOS, Texas – Despite snow whipping through the San Marcos square, visitors still gathered to remember officer Kenneth Copeland killed on Dec. 4.
The community remembered the life and legacy of a colleague, friend, husband and father of four. Officer Copeland, 58, was serving a search warrant for Stewart Thomas Mettz when he was shot and killed. Mettz is charged with capital murder of a peace officer.
"The fact that there were so many people here is just a sign of the kind of man that Ken Copeland was," said Pastor Robin Steele with the Promise Land Church.
Copeland was a 19-year veteran of the force. He was the San Marcos Police Department’s first officer to die in the line of duty.
"Officer Copeland worked at our church on Sundays quite a bit as a security officer. So we got to know him at our church, Promise Land, on a very personal level," said Steele.
The visitation for Copeland will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Thomason Funeral Home on 2001 Old Ranch Road 12 in San Marcos. The public is invited to attend from 2 to 10 p.m.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Community Bible Church on 2477 Texas Loop 1604 in San Antonio.
"I hope his family sees how much he was loved,” said San Marcos resident Carla Caskey Sisk. “And that he made a difference and impact and that it gives them some peace and joy and comfort."