Funeral Services Set for Slain Central Fla. Officers

Funeral services for the two Kissimmee police officers gunned down Friday night are scheduled for Thursday at 11am at First Baptist Orlando on John Young Parkway.

Both Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter are fathers.  

Baxter, 27, is married to another Kissimmee police officer and has four young children. 

Howard, 36, leaves one child- a teenager.  A makeshift memorial featuring candles, flowers and balloons for Howard and Baxter is growing outside the Kissimmee Police Department. 

Anyone wishing to donate to the officers' families can access an account at SunTrust bank named City of Kissimmee- Officer Matthew Baxter and Sergeant Sam Howard.

Meanwhile- the man facing murder charges in their deaths will not be prosecuted by the Orange-Osceola state attorney.  

Governor Rick Scott removed Aramis Ayala from Everett Miller's prosecution because she refuses to seek the death penalty in any case handled by her office.  

Miller is a former marine who has a history of mental illness.


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