Funeral arrangements set for Hillsborough County deputy killed on duty

Hillsborough County

Cpl. Brian LaVigne (HCSO)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Funeral arrangements have been set for a Hillsborough County deputy killed in the line of duty earlier this week.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Master Corporal Brian LaVigne’s visitation and funeral will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at Idlewild Baptist Church located at 18333 Exciting Idlewild Boulevard in Lutz.

Both the visitation and service to honor the life of LaVigne will be open to the public.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Immediately following the service, guests will be directed outside the church for a special ceremony. A procession will take place thereafter. A map of the procession route will be provided at a later time.

Video recording and photography of any kind will not be allowed inside the church during both the visitation and funeral service. Face coverings are required. 

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the LaVigne family is asked to do so through the Lynn Sowers Memorial Foundation. This is the official way to donate to the family.

Master Corporal Lavigne was killed Monday in the line of duty while responding to a call as backup.

Lavigne was just days away from his retirement. He leaves behind his wife and two grown children.

The sheriff’s office said Travis Garrett has been charged with first-degree murder, DUI manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, two counts of resisting arrest, felony criminal mischief, and aggravated fleeing to elude.

He currently remains in the hospital.


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