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May 20 marks anniversary of fallen West Memphis Officers

Officer Bill Evans Officer Bill Evans
Sergeant Brandon Paudert Sergeant Brandon Paudert
Officers surround the suspects' van. Officers surround the suspects' van.
Aerial view of the first shooting scene, where two officers were killed. Aerial view of the first shooting scene, where two officers were killed.

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT) - May 20, 2011 marks the one-year anniversary of the fatal shooting of West Memphis Police Officers Brandon Paudert and Bill Evans.

Friday night at 9:30, the West Memphis Police Department will honor the fallen officers with a "sea of blue" processional as police cruisers travel through West Memphis with blue lights flashing.

The processional begins at the West Memphis Police3 Benefit Fund Building, travels west to Lehi, back east on I-40 to Exit 275 on College Boulevard, and returns to its original starting point. The police department says the best place to watch it is at Tilden Rodgers Park on College Boulevard.

A memorial has also been chosen to honor Paudert and Evans by the West Memphis Police Department. The design, submitted by two University of Arkansas architecture students Brandon Bibby and Tyler Jones, features a reflecting pool and a blowing tree surrounded by large cubes, and is meant to inspire silence, reflection and remembrance. The memorial site has yet to be selected.

Paudert and Evans were killed during a traffic stop on I-40 after stopping a white minivan occupied by 45-year-old Jerry Kane and his son, 16-year-old Joseph Kane. The Kanes later died in a shootout with police in a West Memphis Wal-Mart parking lot.

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