Funeral Wednesday for slain Aiken officer

Funeral arrangements have been announced for slain Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center, according to the officer’s obituary on the Shellhouse Funeral Home Web site. The Rev. Dr. George K. Howle, of St. John’s United Methodist Church, will officiate.

Burial with honors will follow in Aiken’s Historic Bethany Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her shift co-workers, Teddy Umsted, Mat Braxton, Karl Odenthal, Billy Cameron, Jason Fogle, Carlos Colindres, Jacob Pridgen, Timothy Hawkes, Brenton Russo, Brandon Bethman. Honorary pallbearers will be Aiken Public Safety employees, Ryan Sparling, Howard Venning Morrison, and nationwide Law Enforcement Officers.

There will also be a prayer vigil at 5 p.m. today at Eustis Park in Aiken, where Rogers was shot, Lt. David Turno said.

Rogers was fatally wounded Saturday morning while investigating a suspicious vehicle.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrested Joshua Tremaine Jones, 26, in connection with the slaying. Jones has also been charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend earlier Saturday in Augusta. He is being held at the Aiken County jail.

Police work runs deep in Rogers' family. She is the granddaughter of the late city of Aiken Chief of Police, James M. Sprawls, her obituary said.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. NW., USCA Lucile and Maldon Sprawls Nursing Scholorship Fund, 471 University Parkway in Aiken.

The family will also receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Shellhouse Funeral Home at 924 Hayne Ave. in Aiken.

 

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