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Tempe fire captain’s funeral set for Friday in Scottsdale

(City of Tempe Photo)

PHOENIX — The funeral for a Tempe fire captain who was shot during an early-morning altercation was set for Friday morning in Scottsdale.

The Tempe Fire, Medical Rescue department said services for Kyle Brayer were to be held at 10 a.m. at Scottsdale Bible Church Worship Center, near Shea Boulevard and Miller Road.

Brayer, 34, died Sunday from a gunshot wound to the head. He and a young man who later was arrested for the shooting had gotten into an altercation in Scottsdale around 2:30 a.m.

Police said Brayer was off duty and had been riding in the back seat of golf cart that Hezron Parks, 21, allegedly tried to hit repeatedly with his car.

The Marine veteran eventually confronted Parks about the tailgating and the confrontation became fatally violent.

Hours after the shooting, Parks called 911 to confess. He was charged with second-degree murder.

Services were expected to last for two hours.

An honor guard was scheduled to escort the casket to the door of the center. Pipes and drums were to be played just before the service got underway.

Tempe Fire Chief Greg Ruiz and Tempe Fire Capt. Don Jongewaard were to speak at the church.

The family said there would be no graveside service.


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