Nov. 11, 2001: Family, friends and fellow officers say Hester Scott was a compassionate and courteous woman who dedicated her life to service.
Family, friends and fellow officers on Friday remembered the strength and passion of a woman dedicated to her job as they simultaneously tried to make sense of her murder.
Hester Scott was found beaten to death a week ago, her body found in a sewer trap behind her Gresham neighborhood home.
"We heard the words of her daughter and other officers that were really close to her, and we're going to carry on her spirit and what she had," said Pastor Leeroy Colman of the Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church at 7000 S. Michigan Ave.
"That was a real shame. She was trying to be so good, and something bad come of it. I'm sorry for the whole family," said Scott's friend, Philip Coleman.
The day was made even more tragic as police investigated a break-in at Scott's home, where someone reportedly kicked in a door and stole a TV.
Scott's grandson, Keshawn Perkins, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery in connection with the slaying. Police said Perkins was upset because his grandmother confronted him about skipping school.
The same grandchild claimed abuse in 2007, sending her to desk duty. The allegations were never proven, and the department announced earlier this week that Scott would be buried with her badge.