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[Funeral of Los Angeles Police officer Gary W. Murakami at Utter McKinley Wilshire Chapel, Los Angeles, California, September 9, 1968]

Miyatake, Toyo
Rafu Shimpo [ bio ]
Toyo Miyatake Studio [ bio ]

[Funeral of Los Angeles Police officer Gary W. Murakami at Utter McKinley Wilshire Chapel, Los Angeles, California, September 9, 1968]
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Los Angeles, Calif., September 9, 1968

(96.267.1028)

Photograph by Toyo Miyatake Studio, Gift of the Alan Miyatake Family

Description

4 photographic prints : b&w; ; 5 x 7 in.

9 negatives : b&w; ; 120 mm.

Published in Rafu Shimpo, September 14, 1968, English and Japanese sections.

Funeral of Los Angeles Police officer Gary W. Murakami at Utter McKinley Wilshire Chapel, Los Angeles, California, September 9, 1968.
1P and 12N: Six police officers in uniforms are pallbearers carrying the coffin of slain officer Murakami past honor guard saluting officers away from Chapel. Caucasian man in suit walks directly behind coffin followed by family. Two photographers stand on roof of building in background. (Published)
2P and 13N: Family of officer Murakami follows coffin carried by police officers past saluting officers. Two women in hats and black dresses and a man in suit follow directly behind officers and Caucasian man in suit. (Published)
3P and 6N: Murakami's son, Keith, dressed in sailor's outfit and hat, shakes hands with Caucasian uniformed police officer as two Asian police officers stand by. Caucasian man in suit and eyeglasses stands at left; Japanese man stands in profile in foreground left; California Highway patrol officer in uniform stands with back to viewer at right.
4P and 8N: Murakami's son, Keith, dressed in sailor's outfit and hat, holds hands with man in suit standing next to Caucasian uniformed police officer. Boy holds a toy pistol in holster over his shoulder while man holds a long white box. Two women stand behind them to the right. Group of Police officers stand in back to the left; group of Highway Patrol officers stand back at right. Cars parked in front of buildings in background.
5N: Family and mourners walking on sidewalk.
7N: Murakami's son, Keith, dressed in sailor's outfit and hat, shakes hands with Caucasian uniformed police officer standing in a row extending into background. Boy holds a toy pistol in holster over his shoulder.
9N: Murakami's son, Keith, dressed in sailor's outfit, puts on Highway Patrol officer's helmet as Patrol officer puts on boy's sailor hat. Police and Highway Patrol officers look on. Boy holds a toy pistol in holster over his shoulder and looks directly at the viewer. (Published)
10N: Japanese uniformed Police officer carries Murakami's son, Keith, in sailor's outfit and hat. They are surrounded by other officers in parking lot. Boy holds a toy pistol in holster over his shoulder. Two African American men in suits stand at far right.
11N: Older Japanese woman in black dress and hat is asssisted by man in suit and woman with netting over her hair as they walk into building.

Inscription
Written on original negative envelope: Murakami, Gary Funeral -- Utter Mc Kinley -- L.A. Police Department

History
Gary W. Murakami was killed three days after graduating from the Police Academy. One thousand people attended his funeral. The Honor Guard at his funeral consisted of 400 police officers, several sheriff's deputies and a unit of Explorer scouts.

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