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Donations for slain officers' families still pouring in

TAMPA — Donations continue to pour in for the families of slain Tampa police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab, with more than $20,000 collected since last week.

Wednesday morning, police Chief Jane Castor thanked the community for the outpouring of support during a morning radio fundraiser broadcast live on WWBA-AM 820 from the downtown branch of the Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union.

"It has just been overwhelming to all of the officers," she said.

Castor also thanked the numerous law enforcement agencies who responded with manpower and assistance that led to the arrest of Dontae Morris, the suspect in the shooting, on Friday night.

"To see over 15 law enforcement agencies working as one is something I've never seen in my career and don't think I'll ever see again," she said.

The confidential informer, who is credited with helping arrange Morris' arrest, will get at least part of the $100,000 reward money, Castor said.

But the decision is not in the hands of the Tampa police, she said.

Although the hunt for Morris has ended, Castor said anyone with additional information connected to the case should still contact police.

Overall, police officials have received more than 450 tips since June 29, Castor said.

The money donated to the Tampa Police Memorial Fund will be split between the families of officers Curtis and Kocab, said Jim Contento, manager of the Tampa police crime scene unit.

Fundraisers, from barbecues to car washes, have been set up across the area to benefit the families, Contento said.

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How to help

Cash donations to help the families of officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab can be made at any branch of Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union.

Donations for slain officers' families still pouring in 07/07/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 1:34pm]
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