The killing of four of Lakewood’s original police officers left the community of 59,000 shocked, somber and grieving Monday.
The story has gained national attention, but it’s a local tragedy for residents. Although it’s Pierce County’s second-largest city, they say Lakewood is tight-knit, and some residents worked directly with the officers.
A few of them were regular customers at the Starbucks at Lakewood Towne Center, and baristas had chatted with one of the officers just before Thanksgiving.
On Monday, staff had posted a remembrance card and note at the shop’s counter so customers could leave messages.
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