Wake for Sweetwater Police Officer Killed in Motorcycle Crash

Wake for Officer Bryan Marrero Monday, followed by burial Tuesday

Monday, Oct 29, 2012  |  Updated 1:46 PM EDT
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Off-Duty Sweetwater Police Officer Killed in Motorcycle Accident on Interstate-75: FHP

An off-duty Sweetwater Police officer was killed Sunday after he lost control of a motorcycle on the expressway, authorities said. The City of Sweetwater said 22-year-old Brian Marrero was pronounced dead on scene after the blue personal motorcycle hit a guardrail on the highway, subsequently ejecting him from the bike.
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Family and friends of a Sweetwater Police officer who was killed Sunday in an off-duty motorcycle crash will pay their final respects at a viewing and funeral.

The viewing for Officer Bryan Marrero is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Vista Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home at 14200 Northwest 57th Avenue. The burial will take place Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Graceland Memorial Park at 13900 Southwest 117th Avenue.

Marrero, 22, was killed Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle hit a guardrail in the southbound lanes of I-75 between the Miami Gardens Drive and Northwest 138th Street exits, police said.

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The two-year veteran of the department, who was wearing a safety helmet and jacket, was thrown from his motorcycle and later pronounced dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved, and Sweetwater Police Officials believe windy conditions may have played a part in the crash.

"The loss of Police Officer Bryan Marrero is a tragedy for the police department as a whole but also a personal tragedy for me because I have known him and his family for over ten years," Sweetwater Mayor Manny Morono said in a statement.

Marrero will be buried on the same date as his mother, Mabel Marrero, who passed away from breast cancer two years ago on Oct. 30, 2010.

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