'Sea of blue' lines procession route for Deputy Kunze

Published: Sep. 21, 2018 at 4:55 PM CDT
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Along the four-miles processional route from Central Community Church to Resthaven Mortuary, thousands of people lined up along the streets to pay their respects to fallen Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Kunze,

Many children and adults held American flags along the procession route and did not stop waving them until the final car in the procession drove by. Many others who didn't wave flags held signs, thanking Kunze for his service.

At the corner of Maple and 119th Street, dozens stood for more than an hour. From above, the crowd honoring Kunze along the procession route was a sea of blue, the color of choice for many across the Wichita area and beyond Friday wanting to show law-enforcement support on an emotional day.

"This hit very close to home, very scary," says Savannah Johnson, one woman among the sea of blue along the procession route. Johnson's husband worked with Kunze.

She says her husband grew close to Kunze, working the same shift for a while.

"...He knew him and really liked him. He was a great person. Everyone who knew him liked him."

During Friday's processional, the sound of the passing vehicle was the only noise breaking the silence. The support for Kunze and the sheriff's office carried on through the week ahead of the deputy's funeral.

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