It is with deep sadness that our community mourns the loss of Cleveland Police patrol officer Shane Bartek who was shot while off duty during an apparent carjacking Friday evening in the Kamm’s Corners neighborhood of Cleveland. His passing reminds us again of the fragile and precious nature of life, and the service and sacrifice of all those sworn to serve and protect our community.
We pray that God grant Officer Bartek eternal rest and that his perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace; and may the Lord comfort his family, friends, our safety forces community and all who mourn his passing.
As we again endure another horrible incident of gun violence, may all people of good will in our community work together and take meaningful steps to address the plague of violent crime in our neighborhoods. And let us remember to pray for all those whose lives have been torn apart by violence of any kind. May the Lord ease their pain and provide healing and hope.