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Thousands Honor Detective Benjamin Marconi's Life

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio

Thousands of community members, San Antonio Police officers, friends and his family crowded into Community Bible Church on the city's Northeast Side for Detective Benjamin Marconi’s memorial service.

Marconi was killed just over a week ago, shot in the head while sitting in his patrol car writing a traffic ticket for a driver who was not involved in the shooting.

More than an hour into the service his two children addressed the crowd of supporters, including his step-daughter, Jacy Lewis.

“Thank you for the support, thank you for the prayers, thank you for every single thing each and every one of you has done for being here or being a part of our everyday lives for the past week” Lewis said. “It would have warmed Ben’s heart to see so many people come together to celebrate the life of such a wonderful man.”   

 Colleagues, friends and family describe Marconi as "a rock," someone "imperfectly perfect," and a man who believed in always giving others a second chance.

They say he was kind and a good role model with the ability to put people at ease.  

Tricia Schwennesen is the Web Producer/News Editor for Texas Public Radio where she manages the station’s web site and social media accounts.
Louisa Jonas is an independent public radio producer, environmental writer, and radio production teacher based in Baltimore. She is thrilled to have been a PRX STEM Story Project recipient for which she produced a piece about periodical cicadas. Her work includes documentaries about spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds aired on NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. Louisa previously worked as the podcast producer at WYPR 88.1FM in Baltimore. There she created and produced two documentary podcast series: Natural Maryland and Ascending: Baltimore School for the Arts. The Nature Conservancy selected her documentaries for their podcast Nature Stories. She has also produced for the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s Distillations Podcast. Louisa is editor of the book Backyard Carolina: Two Decades of Public Radio Commentary. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her training also includes journalism fellowships from the Science Literacy Project and the Knight Digital Media Center, both in Berkeley, CA. Most recently she received a journalism fellowship through Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where she traveled to Toolik Field Station in Arctic Alaska to study climate change. In addition to her work as an independent producer, she teaches radio production classes at Howard Community College to a great group of budding journalists. She has worked as an environmental educator and canoe instructor but has yet to convince a great blue heron to squawk for her microphone…she remains undeterred.