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Family of fallen Ogden officer calls for global hate, unrest to be replaced by forgiveness, love

Deseret News logo Deseret News 6/3/2020 Pat Reavy
a group of people flying kites in a park: Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt stands in front of the patrol car of fallen Ogden police officer Nathan Lyday as a procession carries his body past the Francom Public Safety Center in Ogden on Friday, May 29, 2020. Lyday was shot and killed Thursday while responding to a domestic violence call. © Spenser Heaps, Deseret News Ogden Police Chief Randy Watt stands in front of the patrol car of fallen Ogden police officer Nathan Lyday as a procession carries his body past the Francom Public Safety Center in Ogden on Friday, May 29, 2020. Lyday was shot and killed Thursday while responding to a domestic violence call.

OGDEN — The funeral for a hometown Ogden police officer killed in the line of duty will be held Saturday on what would have been his fifth wedding anniversary.

Ogden police on Wednesday released the funeral plans for officer Nate Lyday, 24, who was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call on May 28.

Lyday’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. at Lindquist Field, 2330 Lincoln Ave. Following the service, a procession will take Lyday’s casket to Lindquist’s Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Road, where Lyday’s graveside service will include full police honors, including an Honor Guard ceremony, flyover and final radio call.

Due to continued concerns over large gatherings and the spread of COVID-19, Ogden police say there will be limited seating for the public.

Members of the public were encouraged, however, to line the streets from Lindquist Field to the cemetery and attend a candlelight vigil scheduled for Thursday at 9 p.m.

“It is expected that the rolling vigil will last about one hour as it travels through the city, slowing at various locations which are important to officer Lyday and his family,” Ogden police said in a statement. “The rolling vigil will include a small procession of OPD motors and police vehicles, officer Lyday’s family and officer Lyday’s police vehicle, which will be memorialized and carried on a flatbed trailer.”

The vigil will go along Custer Avenue, past McKay-Dee Hospital, Bonneville High School and the Ogden Municipal Building before ending at 2300 Lincoln Ave.

Ogden Police Lt. Brian Eynon said the invitation for police officers from departments across the nation was extended to attend the funeral, a tradition for fallen officer funerals. In light of concerns over COVID-19 and nationwide protests, he wasn’t sure Wednesday how many would be able to attend.

The procession from funeral services to the cemetery will go south from the baseball stadium on Lincoln Avenue to 25th Street, then onto Harrison Boulevard, where the procession will turn left on 5600 South and continue onto Combe Road.

Also on Wednesday, the Ogden Police Department posted a message on its Facebook page on behalf of the Lyday family.

“Our family is truly humbled by the love and support we are receiving at a time of terrible loss that has happened, not only for us, but the whole community. Strangers become friends as they show tender kindness towards us. We feel your love wrapped around us carrying us through this tragedy. We see the beautiful flowers and thoughtful gifts left at Nate’s squad car and tears flow freely as we read your notes of love and support.”

The family also thanked all of the “courageous” officers who work and make sacrifices everyday.

“Globally, hatred and unrest ring out ever so loudly. Let us all replace those feelings with forgiveness and love. May we all find peace. ... Let us unite together to make this world a better place. ... Let love replace hatred.”

Lyday was shot while responding to a 911 call from a woman who claimed her husband was trying to kill her. He had been with the department just 15 months.

Lyday was a second generation officer and was born, raised and educated in Ogden. He and his wife, Ashley, were to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary on Saturday.

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