HAYWARD -- Hundreds of mourners paid their final respects Tuesday night at a viewing for fallen BART police Sgt. Tom Smith Jr., who was killed by a fellow officer during a search of a Dublin apartment last week.

The body of Smith, 42, was laid in a casket draped with an American flag at Chapel of the Chimes in Hayward for the visitation. Family, friends and law enforcement from around the Bay Area, the state and beyond paid tribute to the fallen sergeant -- the first on-duty officer to be killed in the transit police department's 42-year history.

More than 200 people packed into the chapel during a private memorial service before the public viewing. Police from various Bay Area departments, including BART, Union City, Hayward and Newark, also attended the memorial.

Tom Smith Jr.
Tom Smith Jr.

Lt. Michael Rae, of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Transit Police Department, said he and his fellow officers came to support BART police as well as Smith's family.

"This is something we needed to do," Rae said. "Whenever any brother or sister (has fallen), it is felt at home, and we take it very seriously."

Photos arranged inside the chapel showed Smith in uniform, with his retired police dog, Boris, with his family in Oakland A's gear. An honor guard of police stood watch over his casket as mourners passed by.

Mourners were asked to take envelopes and submit their favorite memories or impressions of Smith to a memorial project in his name. As members of the Bay Area law enforcement community met up inside the chapel, those who knew Smith talked about him; others spoke of the inherent risk and wished for colleagues to stay safe.


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"One thing I remember is that he was a very compassionate person," said Antoinette Taylor, who attended a police academy with Smith in 1996. "He was always concerned that everyone was OK and that everyone was going to accomplish the goal of the day.

"He had a dry sense of humor, but he was very personable. He was one who always came to you to talk one-on-one, and he spoke to everyone every day."

Officials at Hayward's Moreau Catholic High School, where Smith graduated in 1989, announced late Tuesday that students and staff would gather in front of the school to honor Smith as his funeral procession passed by Wednesday morning.

"Tommy was a leader in our community," said Dani Lorta, the director of alumni relations at the school; Lorta was also Smith's classmate. "He was someone who was as committed to his career as he was to his friends and family.

"We are reeling from the loss and are staying in close contact to support the many people whose lives he touched so deeply."

The visitation came on the eve of Smith's funeral, scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley, 20600 John Drive. Members of the public are welcome but are advised to arrive early, as more than 3,000 people are expected to attend.

The schedule for funeral services is as follows:

  • 9:30 a.m.: Bagpipers and drummers will play as pallbearers escort Smith's casket into the church.

  • 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Funeral service in the church.

  • 11:35 a.m.: A band will play to lead mourners out of the church to watch a California Highway Patrol flyover presentation in tribute to Smith.

    Smith died Jan. 21 when a single shot passed through a small gap in the bulletproof vest he was wearing and struck him in the chest, authorities said. The bullet was fired in error by fellow BART police officer Michael Maes, but officials have not said specifically how the incident unfolded.

    Maes will attend the funeral, BART police Chief Kenton Rainey said on Monday.

    Smith is survived by his wife, Kellie -- also a BART officer he met on the job -- and their 6-year-old daughter.

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