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Father Shot on Father's Day Laid to Rest



    Father Shot on Father's Day Laid to Rest

    A man police describe as an innocent bystander in a shooting that killed a Lancaster police officer was laid to rest today.

    A funeral service was held for Jeremy McMillian, 23, at The Potter's House in Dallas. A chapel full of loved ones mourned McMillian's death but celebrated his life.

    "He was my shadow," Jeremy's sister Jackie said. "Even as him being the youngest, he protected me and ShaWanda still to this day. He owes me an oil change."

    Jeremy was an auto mechanic and had two older sisters. Less than two months ago, he became a father with his fiancee. On Sunday -- Father's Day -- his fiancee, their 7-week-old son, and her young child sat in horror inside their car, when bullets came flying at them.

    Saying Goodbye to Jeremy McMillan

    [DFW] Saying Goodbye to Jeremy McMillan
    Hundreds of people showed up to pay their respects to a man police call an innocent bystander. 23-year-old Jeremy McMillan was fatally shot Sunday by the son of Dallas' police chief.
    (Published Friday, June 25, 2010)

    "He was just a good kid. He did the right thing. He was doing the right thing," said Jeremy's father, Vincent Pride.

    Jeremy had just arrived at River Bend Apartments to have a dinner and movie night with Jackie. Police said David Brown, Jr. -- the son and namesake of the Dallas police chief -- shot Jeremy and later, Lancaster police officer Craig Shaw -- killing them both. Brown also was fatally shot.

    "It just hurts for the simple fact that I live in those apartments and I have to drive past it. There's no way I can get around it. I have to drive past that spot everyday," said Jackie. "And I don't know how I'm going to deal with that. That was his normal routine."

    Lancaster Mayor Marcus Knight issued a proclamation, and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson sent a letter of condolence to Jeremy's family.