GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids police officers took part in a procession Tuesday afternoon to escort victims of the Berrien County Courthouse shooting back to St. Joseph.
The procession happened just before 3 p.m. It’s believed it started in the area of Fuller Avenue on I-196 before continuing south on US-131 to Berrien County.
The autopsies of both bailiffs who were fatally shot Monday – 63-year-old Ron Kienzle and Joseph Zangaro, 61 – were conducted Tuesday in Grand Rapids. The bodies of both men were then taken to Starks funeral home in St. Joseph Township. Memorial arrangements are pending.
The procession, while not publicized or made available to the public, was simply an honorable way to transport the bodies of the victims.
Both Kienzle and Zangaro had lengthy law enforcement careers. Kienzle worked for the Berrien County trial court since April 2005. He previously retired as a sergeant from the Benton Charter Township Police Department after serving in the United States Army.
Zangaro was the head of courthouse security and had been with the Berrien County trial court since May 2004, according the sheriff’s office. He previously retired as commander of the Michigan State Police Bridgman post.