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Fallen Cleveland Police Officer Derek Owens honored with park dedication in his name

Posted at 10:19 AM, Nov 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-09 12:30:24-05

CLEVELAND — A vacant lot that is in the process of being turned into a park was dedicated Saturday morning for a fallen Cleveland police officer who was shot and killed there in 2008.

The park, which is called Officer Derek Owens' Memorial Park, is located at 10404 Parkview Avenue.

On March 1, 2008, Owens was shot and killed while chasing four suspects in a foot pursuit. He had been with the Cleveland Police Department for 10 years and was assigned to the Fourth District.

Owens is survived by his wife Ericka and his two children, Sydni and Chandler; his parents, Wayne and Barbera; and his sister Dawn.

The park, comprised of three vacant lots, features walking paths made from the sandstone foundation of nearby houses that were torn down. It also features newly planted trees and a playground courtesy of the Cleveland Browns.

The park is expected to open in Spring 2020.

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