MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — A visitation was held for fallen Cleveland police detective James Skernivitz at A. Ripepi and Sons Funeral Home Thursday afternoon.
Watch the visitation in the media player below:
Traffic on Bagley Road between Engle Road and Old Oak Boulevard is expected to be heavy today until 8 p.m. Additionally, traffic in this same area will be extremely heavy tomorrow between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. If possible please avoid this area.
Skernivitz, 53, was shot and killed around 10 p.m. in the 3200 block of West 65th Street on Sept. 3. Another person, later identified as Scott Dingess, 50, was also killed. Police said Dingess was a victim of the shooting and not a suspect.
Skernivitz leaves behind a wife and three children.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams took a moment to honor the detective's legacy.
You know, in times like these, you know we really see how much we support each other in Northeast Ohio, and it's evident and Detective Skernivitz's family, they see it, they feel it, and they appreciate it," Williams said. "Jimmy was a great guy, he worked hard doing the things that we done here in the city and he's going to be missed."
A full funeral service will be held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Friday at 10 a.m.