Police officers Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle and Paul Sciullo II were killed in a shooting in Pittsburgh after responding to a domestic disturbance call.
Kelly, 41, had just finished working the overnight shift and was on his way home when he responded to the shooting.
Kelly, a former Marine, entered the police academy in 1995. In the late 1990s, he patrolled the some of the city's most violent East End neighborhoods with Detective Robert Pires.
"He always had your back," Pires said. "If you were doing a call with Kelly you didn't have to worry. He knew what to do, what to say. With Kelly it came natural."
He is survived by his wife, Marena; daughters Tameka, 22, Autumn, 16, and Janelle, 11; his mother, Francis Kelly; and a sister.
Like Sciullo, Mayhle joined the Pittsburgh police two years ago. Sgt. Eric Holmes, their supervisor at the Zone 5 station where they worked said both officers were "young, energetic."
"They were always early, ready to start their shift," said Holmes. "They just loved being cops."
Mayhle celebrated his 29th birthday on Friday. Mayhle and his wife recently bought a home in the city after living with their daughters in a high-rise apartment building.
Shandra Mayhle recently wrote on her blog, "My husband is employed by the Pittsburgh City Police. He loves what he does!"
Police said Mayhle was the second officer to enter the home and was shot in the head.
Mayhle is survived by his wife, Shandra; daughters, Jennifer, 6, and Brooklynn, 3; his parents, Marjorie and Ronald Mayhle; and two brothers.
Paul Sciullo II
Sciullo, 37, worked with computers before deciding to join the police bureau about two years ago. He grew up in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood, home of the city's Little Italy section, and played hockey and golf at Central Catholic High School.
High school hockey teammate Kevin Zielmanski, who now coaches at Bishop Canevin High School, said Sciullo told him "he really enjoyed being an officer. He didn't want a desk job. He enjoyed being out in the patrol car."
Sciullo was the first officer who entered the home and was shot in the head.
Sciullo is survived by his parents, Paul and Julia Sciullo; two sisters; and his fiancee, Lisa Esposito.
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