Funeral held Wednesday for IMPD officer killed in murder-suicide

Ofc. Kimberlee Carmack
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The Indianapolis Metro Police department buried an officer Wednesday in a tragedy heightened by the way she died - at the hands of another officer.

It was a day filled with emotion, from the moment Officer Kimberlee Carmack's casket arrived for the funeral and officer after officer filed in to pay their respects, to people mourning and remembering at her post, leaving items on her squad car.

A procession wound its way through the streets of Indianapolis so the city could say goodbye to someone who swore to protect them, and took Officer Carmack to her final resting place to be buried among the city's heroes.

In many ways, this was similar to a funeral for an officer who died in the line of duty: a long procession, the police honor guard and Taps was played.  But it was very clear today that this situation was different. Kimberlee Carmack was a police officer, but she was also a victim of domestic violence and murder.

A solemn ceremony was held at the Heroes of Public Safety section of Crown Hill Cemetery in honor of Officer Carmack, a 21-year veteran of the police department.    

"She went above and beyond the line of duty to serve her community to protect the citizens of this city," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.

But she couldn't protect herself. Murdered last week at the hands of her estranged ex-husband, Sgt. Ryan Anders, a fellow police officer who later killed himself.  

"It shows we're human, that we come from the same society, that we suffer from the same challenges and we must recognize that.  Our police officers do an outstanding job but we're human," said Chief Hite.

A procession of police cars followed the hearse with Officer Carmack. They passed by her patrol car at Southwest District where she worked. The car was piled high with mementos - gifts from friends and the public.  

"It's tragic. It's something that I've fought against all my life.  Any time I had a friend who was in an abusive situation, I tried to direct them out of it," said Monica O'Leary, a well-wisher who stopped by the patrol car.

At her funeral, domestic violence was remembered silently with purple ribbons on officers' lapels, next to badges banded in mourning.

"She was so beloved by so much of the police department and so much of the community knew her, I think we're all still feeling it, frankly," said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard.

Kim Carmack served 21 years with Metro Police. She was 45 years old.

She also worked with Crimestoppers, and was named Community Service Officer of the Year in 2001 by the neighbors she served and protected on the west side.

Carmack leaves behind a son, who's also a police officer.

Sgt. Ryan Anders, 32, will be laid to rest at Shirley Brothers Washington Memorial Chapel on Thursday at 11:00 am. Visitation was set until 8:00 pm Wednesday and starting at 10:00 am Thursday until the time of the service.