Easter Sunday services are usually crowded at most churches but Immaculate Conception Church of St. Joseph Parish in Bloomfield was overflowing yesterday. Regular parishioners were joined by Pittsburgh police officers and others who wanted not only to celebrate Easter but also commemorate the first anniversary of the fatal shootings of Officers Erik Kellym Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo II. The 3 were killed April 4, 2009 while responded to a 9-1-1 domestic dispute call in Stanton Heights.
Officer Sciullo was a member of St. Joseph Parish and yesterday morning there was a ground breaking outside the church building for a permanent memorial for Kelly, Mayhle and Sciullo as well as all public safety officers who die in the line of duty.
A hearing is scheduled for this week to determine a trial date for Richard Poplawski who is charged with 3 counts of criminal homicide. Authorities say he ambushed the three officers by putting on a bullet-proof vest and arming himself with an AK-47 automatic rifle, a shotgun and a pistol.