TAMPA — Cindy Roberts, the wife of Cpl. Michael Roberts, who was killed Wednesday night while on duty, has written this public statement:
"Last Wednesday night I lost my best friend, confidant, husband and the father of our son. The pain is made more difficult since his death was caused by such an intentional, senseless, and violent act.
"I would like to thank the media for giving us time to grieve as we prepare for Mike's final resting place. The city and the residents of Tampa have been exceptionally generous to us. Many thanks are due to police Chief Stephen Hogue and Mayor Pam Iorio. They have been very supportive and have grieved along with me.
"This will be a long journey for us, and I welcome your continued support and prayers as we continue to work through our grief. We would like to request that you continue to respect our privacy.