During the speeches before the wreath-laying ceremony, I was wandering in the rear of the crowd when I saw Police Crpl. Robert Pawlowski and a young boy meandering among the uniformed officers just as I was doing.
Pawlowski seemed to know everybody, but the youngster wasn't as outgoing.
After photographing them for a while, I introduced myself.
The Corporal an instructor at the Police Academy, and his brother, John Pawlowski, also a cop, was murdered in 2009, shot with a gun hidden in the killer's pocket as he and his partner responded to a taxi cab dispute in Logan.
John, Jr. was born a few months after his dad died.
Reaching his hand out is Inspector Aaron Horne, who was Pawlowski's commanding officer. Later I photographed John, Jr. with his mother placing flowers on his name on the memorial.