WCIA 3, a Champaign, Illinois-based CBS affiliate, apologized for running a story memorializing a man who killed Champaign police officer Chris Oberheim and wounded another.
“WCIA apologizes for the insensitivities with the story we aired about the family of Darion Lafayette,” said the network. “The situation in its entirety is tragic and it was our intent to provide an opportunity for his family to share their grief with the community. It is still an active investigation and we will continue to provide updates and follow developments as they become available.”
WCIA ran a story talking to the family of an individual who murdered a police officer and wounded another one. In the segment, WCIA included a picture of the cop-killer with angel wings.
“He is the most compassionate person you will ever meet in your life. If you ever knew him,” claimed the brother of the individual who killed Officer Chris Oberheim. The individual had three previous arrests for domestic violence involving three different women and a charge for drug possession.
Officer Oberheim was murdered while responding to a domestic disturbance call at 3:20 AM on Wednesday.
“A true professional and devoted public servant, Officer Oberheim is remembered for his heroism, bravery, and the oath of office he honorably upheld in his commitment to duty,” said Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb in a statement. “The Champaign Police Department, and the entire city of Champaign organization, expresses its deepest condolences to Officer Oberheim’s family, friends and loved ones.”
“His only intention was to serve, protect and help provide care before he was senselessly fired upon and killed,” said Cobb. “A true professional and devoted public servant, Officer Oberheim is remembered for his heroism, bravery, and the oath of office he honorably upheld in his commitment to duty.”
“I also want to express my care and support for all members of the Champaign Police Department who are mourning the passing of their friend and colleague,” continued Cobb.