A memorial fund has been established in honor of Lee’s Summit Police Officer Thomas Orr III, who was fatally shot Sunday following a daytime party at Californos restaurant in Westport.
The fund was created in Orr’s name with the “Answering the Call” organizations. Donations may be made in Orr’s name and sent or dropped off at any branch of the Greater Kansas City Public Safety Credit Union, which has four branches in the Kansas City area.
Orr, 30, was off duty on Sunday when he was shot and killed. Police said Orr, who also was a middle school resource officer, was not the intended target. He was an innocent bystander.
Witnesses said that Orr took photographs at the party.
Kansas City police continued their investigation into the shooting Wednesday. Anyone with information should call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
Funeral services begin at 9 a.m. Thursday at Abundant Life Church, 304 S.W. Persels Road in Lee’s Summit. Orr will be later buried near Chicago, where he grew up.
Donations can also be mailed to the Lee’s Summit Police Department at 10 N.E. Tudor Road, Lee’ s Summit, MO 64086 in Orr’s name or dropped off at the front desk of the police department.
Orr had been with the Lee’s Summit Police Department since March 2015. Before that, he had worked for the Marshall, Mo., Police Department.
On Tuesday, Lee’s Summit Police Chief Travis Forbes posted comments on Twitter about messages he received about the impact Orr’s death has had on students at Campbell Middle School, where he had worked as a school resource officer since only Aug. 14.
“Campbell was not the same this morning when I dropped my daughter off,” Forbes wrote. “In the few short days my daughter had to get to know him she adored him. He smiled every morning, sat with kids at lunch, helped new kids find their way in the halls....what a devastating loss.”
Kansas City police said there were more than 200 people who attended the party on Sunday but investigators have only spoken to a few of them.
Greater Kansas City Public Safety Credit Union branch locations:
2800 E. 14th Street
Kansas City, MO 64127
8320 North Brighton
Kansas City, MO 64119
19341 E. U.S. 40 Hwy, Ste. A
Independence, MO 64055
9701 Marion Park Drive
Kansas City, MO 64137
Lee’s Summit MO Police Department:
10 N.E. Tudor Road
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086