Funeral Arrangements Announced for Second Slain Fairfax Officer

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, May 19, 2006; 6:34 AM

A viewing will be held tonight at a Fairfax funeral home for slain Master Police Officer Michael E. Garbarino, followed tomorrow by an 11 a.m. funeral at McLean Bible Church and a solemn burial procession.

Garbarino, 53, died Wednesday morning, nine days after he was shot during a rampage in the parking lot of the Sully District police station.

A 23-year veteran of the Fairfax police force became the second officer to die from injuries sustained when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire outside a Fairfax County police station last week.
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A 23-year veteran of the Fairfax police force became the second officer to die from injuries sustained when an 18-year-old gunman opened fire outside a Fairfax County police station last week.

Det. Vicky Armel, 40, also was killed, and the 18-year-old gunman was shot to death by county officers who returned fire. Armel's funeral was last Saturday, also at McLean Bible Church.

Garbarino was a 23-year police veteran who helped train and mentor younger officers. He worked as a patrol officer and as a resource officer at Pimmit Hills Alternative High School, where, colleagues said, he often reached out to troubled students.

Friends called him "Gabby."

He and his wife moved to a new subdivision in Centreville when it was built 12 years ago, raising two children on a quiet cul-de-sac of close-knit neighbors, including other law enforcement personnel.

Garbarino spent most of his career at the McLean District station, but moved to the Sully station when it opened three years ago, in part because it was close to his home.

He was shot just before 4 p.m. on May 8, while sitting in his unmarked cruiser in an officers-only parking lot at the Sully station. His shift was just about over, and he had already changed out of his uniform, and taken off his bulletproof vest.

Police say 18-year-old Michael W. Kennedy drove onto the lot in a stolen van, armed with several firearms, and began shooting an AK-47.

Kennedy fired 12 shots into Garbarino's car, hitting him five times.

"Somebody please help me," Garbarino radioed calmly from his car, according to those who heard the transmission. "I don't want to die here."

He underwent extensive surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital and appeared to be improving after a few days, before taking a turn for the worse.

The viewing tonight and funeral service tomorrow will be open only to family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers, police said.

Members of the public are welcome to pay their respects along the route of the procession, which will wind by the Sully District station.

Officials say they expect the procession to include scores of law enforcement vehicles and to clog traffic through Fairfax County for much of the afternoon. Full details of the route are available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/.

Funds have been set up to benefit the Garbarino and Armel families. Donations can be sent to the Garbarino Family Trust Fund or the Armel Family Trust Fund, c/o Fairfax County Federal Credit Union, 4201 Members Way, Fairfax, VA, 22030.


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