May 22, 2013 7:13 PM by Chris Welty
Lafayette Police Lieutenant Ricky Rees was laid to rest today.
He died Saturday after a motorcycle crash in Iberville Parish. He was a 23 year veteran of the Lafayette Police Department and leaves behind two teenage children.
Hundreds turned out to pay their final respects. Holding American flags, students lined up outside of Teurlings Catholic High honoring Lieutenant Ricky Rees. His funeral procession passing in front of the school where his daughter, Anna, graduated on Tuesday just three days after her father's death.
Rees was a familiar face in the Lafayette Police Department, remembered for his dedication.
"He was such a nice man and I can't believe it. My husband and I saw him two weeks ago. It was just shocking and my prayers go out to the family," said Janice Carmouche.
She first met Rees when he responded to a break in at her church. She says he would go above and beyond the call of duty.
"Just a nice police officer. You're here today and gone tomorrow. My heart and prayers go out to his family and I thank God we had an opportunity to know him."
Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft released a statement to KATC saying, "Our Lafayette Police family has lost one of its finest members. Lieutenant Rees was well known in the community and was dedicated to the safety and security of our citizens."
The crash which killed Rees is still under investigation. Troopers say Rees was driving a motorcycle on LA 3000, north of I-10, when he traveled off the road and hit a ditch.
Rees was killed. His passenger is suffering from moderate injuries.
Lieutenant Rees was 45 years old.