Flags Pay Tribute to Deputy

By Mark Geary, Reporter

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By Kelli Sutterman

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - People all over the state, and especially in Keokuk County, are still in mourning.

39 year-old Sheriff’s Sergeant Eric Stein died of a shotgun blast to the head earlier this week while he was on duty.

53 year-old Jeffrey Krier, a man with a history of mental illness, killed Stein.

There’s really no way to make the community heal from this kind of violence. But, dozens of people got together to show their respect for beloved deputy.

Anyone who gets within a few miles of Sigourney will see a symbol of American pride blowing in the wind.

On a dreary day, the stars and stripes shine a light on the tragedy that happened here.

More than three-hundred flags stretch for six miles near the area where Deputy Eric Stein got shot and killed. People passing by may not know why the flags are here, but it’s impossible to ignore the American Legion and the VFW’s gesture.

The VFW and American Legion plan to place even more flags in the area over the next few days.

They will line the entire procession route for the deputy’s funeral on Saturday.

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