The widow of a slain Riverside officer said life with her husband "seemed like a dream" when she shared memories of the man colleagues described at a memorial service Wednesday as a patient family man and the "ideal policeman."
Riverside Chief Sergio Diaz, military veterans, law enforcement officials and family members attended the memorial service Wednesday morning for Officer Michael Crain at Grove Community Church in Riverside. The 34-year-old father of two -- who was also a Marine and 11-year veteran of the Riverside Police Department -- was killed Thursday morning when he and a trainee officer were waiting at a stoplight in Riverside.
The Feb. 7 slaying is one of four connected to a former LAPD officer's revenge plot that targeted law enforcement officials and their families.
Speakers included Regina Crain, the officer's widow. She read the couple's wedding vows and shared memories of the family's weekend traditions.
"It just seemed like a dream," Regina Crain said of her husband. "I'm going to miss our weekends. Every Sunday morning I made breakfast. He loved his hashed browns in the morning. He wanted his bacon and eggs, but the hashed browns were most important.
"That's what I'm going to miss, things like that. That was our family bonding time. Family was just so important to him."
He attended ballet classes with his daughter and although Crain "never played a day of baseball in his life," he pledged to coach his son's youth team, Regina Crain said.
"He said, 'I'll figure it out,'" she said. "He made sure he could coach Ian's team."
She said she did not realize how many people were touched by her husband's life until the outpouring of support after his death.