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Yard sale helps send slain Tampa Police officer's mom to trial

By The Associated Press
Published: October 12, 2013 Updated: October 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM
The memorial to Tampa Police officer David Curtis, who was killed during a 2010 traffic stop. Curtis' mother is holding a yard sale to raise funds for a trip to Florida so she can attend the trial of Dontae Morris, who is charged with murdering Curtis and another officer, Jeffrey Kocab.

SILVERHILL, Ala. – Cindy Warren is selling furniture, toys and knick-knacks in a yard sale near Highway 104 to raise money for a trip to Florida. It's not a vacation she's seeking, but justice for her slain son.

The coastal Alabama woman is the mother of police officer David Curtis, who was gunned down along with his partner during a June 2010 traffic stop in Tampa. The man charged with the slayings, 27-year-old Dontae Morris, is scheduled to stand trial in Tampa next month. And Warren plans to be in the courtroom every day of the proceedings.

“I just have to shut my life down for this murder trial and that's just, it's overwhelming,” Warren told WKRG-TV.

Warren is trying to raise enough money to cover her bills and travel expenses during the trial. She plans to stay in Tampa for as long as a month.

So far she's touched by the support she's received. Several people browsing the yard sale behind Silverhill Storage Plus have left money in her cash jar without buying anything.

“If I raise $2,000 or $3,000, you know, God's blessing me. I'm good,” Warren said.

The slain officer's mother took a similar approach to raising money for travel when her son's name was placed on the police memorial in Washington. She ended up with about $11,000 for that trip.

Suzanne Hicks said she came to the yard sale from Monroeville just so she could help Warren.

“I just admire her strength for this and I would be like her,” Hicks said. “I would have to be right there if I could.”

Information from: WKRG-TV,