Family members of Kevin Brame – mother Rosemary Peters-Brame (left), brother Kerry Brame and father Gerald Brame – pray during a service Saturday, Nov. 1. Kevin Brame, who was a Dayton Police officer killed off duty in 1999, and other victims of violence were remembered at a program at the Zion Baptist Church in Dayton. Staff photo by Chris Stewart Church service marks ninth anniversary of officer’s slaying By John Nolan Staff Writer DAYTON — An annual service in memory of Kevin Brame, a Dayton police officer killed in a 1999 ambush, brought family, friends and uniformed county sheriff’s officers to a church Saturday, Nov. 1, but no Dayton police officers made an appearance. Rosemary Peters-Brame, mother of the slain officer, addressed the gathering at Zion Baptist Church and asked all police officers present to stand and be recognized. Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer and three of his deputies who accompanied him stood, but no Dayton police officers were there. Peters-Brame said she had invited Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl and was told that he was out of town and unavailable Saturday. “But, no fellow officers,” she said. “He (Kevin) served as an officer for six years.” Dayton police spokesman Lt. Chris Williams said he had no information about why no one from his department attended the service. “I couldn’t tell you,” Williams said Saturday night. “I didn’t know anything about it.” Over the years, the service has grown to become a memo- rial for all victims of violence. Gerald Brame, a former Dayton police officer who is Kevin’s father, said he still hopes that someone will come forward with information to lead police to his son’s killer. The Dayton police Website, at, contains a standing request that information be shared with the police homicide investigation unit. “The city of Dayton is too small for this crime to go unsolved for nine years,” Gerald Brame told the gathering. “Kevin deserves that those who took his life be apprehended and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” Police haven’t forgotten Kevin Brame and want to find his killer, Sheriff Plummer told the crowd. “You have my word. We will never forget him,” said Plummer, who had known the slain officer. “If we don’t get our hands on the killer, the good Lord will, someday.” The service marked the ninth anniversary of Kevin Brame’s death. Brame, 31, had been off duty and had just dropped his two children off at their mother’s home on Cherry Drive in Dayton on Nov. 1, 1999, when someone emerged from a mow of hedges near the house and shot him to death, police said.

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