Trust fund set up for slain officer's family

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ATHENS, GA. --- Officials in Athens say they have set up a trust fund for the family of Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian, who was gunned down in the line of duty this week.

Athens-Clarke County officials say donations can be made at any Athens First Bank & Trust location or mailed to the bank's headquarters at 150 W. Hancock Ave. in Athens. "Buddy Christian Memorial Fund" should be indicated on donation checks.

Officials say the money will benefit Christian's wife and two children, ages 2 and 5.

Christian's funeral is scheduled for this weekend. The department said visitation will start at 4 p.m. Saturday and continue as long as necessary to accommodate visitors at Bernstein Funeral Home in Athens.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Classic Center in Athens.

Police said a funeral procession will travel west on Broad Street to Evergreen Memorial Park, and residents are asked to line the road from downtown to the cemetery in honor of the fallen officer.

Christian, 34, was searching for a carjacking suspect Tuesday when a gunman opened fire. Another officer, Tony Howard, was wounded and is recovering at a hospital.

Authorities continued to search for the suspect, 33-year-old Jamie Hood, on Wednesday. A reward of $50,000 is being offered for his arrest.

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