WELLINGTON — Mass at St. Therese de Lisieux marked the Catholic calendar's 19th Sunday after Epiphany and Pentecost but the church's first without Chris Reyka.Full Disclosure- My wife and I know Rev. Brian Lehnert. He was a parochial vicar at the Catholic Church we attend, and where dear wife works, till becoming Past or St. Therese in 2005.
Here the fallen Broward County sheriff's sergeant was a scoutmaster, the big guy who met his boys at the Roman Catholic church and offered their help around the grounds. They did the heavy lifting and some of the landscaping.
"He just made himself and the Boy Scouts available to anything we needed," said the Rev. Brian Lehnert, who had known Reyka since coming to St. Therese a year ago.
Lehnert said he never saw the 51-year-old cop without a smile across his face.
The priest sprinkled the sergeant's name throughout the 11:30 a.m. service Sunday.
"This death has truly brought much sadness and sorrow to our community, but we gather in faith," he said.
Please continue to pray for Chris Reyka's family.
The search for Officer Reyka's murderer(s) continues.
Although the Broward Sheriff's Office has received more than 500 tips with information about the early Friday shooting death of Sgt. Chris Reyka, whoever killed him was still on the loose late Sunday.If you have any information that can be of assistance, please don't hesitate to call the police.
With few clues to go on -- the most telling so far is a grainy surveillance image of a white American-made sedan leaving the scene -- investigators said they need the public's help to continue.
''Pick up the phone, let us know about it,'' Sheriff Ken Jenne said, ``so we can put this horrible nightmare to bed.''
Among his requests: If you or someone you know had a white sedan that went missing early Friday, call BSO. Fliers imploring the public to help, and advertising a $106,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, will be handed out at restaurants, towing companies, bars and jails, Jenne said.
''It's going to be a long, complex investigation,'' he said.
Reyka, a father of four, was gunned down in the rear parking lot of a Pompano Beach Walgreens while working his regular midnight shift Friday. He had just entered the license plate numbers of one of two cars in the parking lot into his computer: F16 8UJ.
As he was getting out of his cruiser, someone fired at least 10 shots from a 9mm handgun and Reyka, 51, was left sprawled on the ground with five gunshot wounds, including at least one to the head, authorities said.
About 200 BSO detectives and hundreds of patrol deputies are now working the case. And dozens of other officers from other federal, state and local agencies are helping with the investigation. One officer in the Panhandle on vacation even called in with an offer of assistance, BSO spokesman Elliot Cohen said.
An emergency operations center in Pompano Beach is the nerve center of the investigation, handling the phone calls and tips pouring in 24 hours a day.
And the sheriff's office is trying to sharpen the fuzzy image of the older model car seen on video from the nearby Isle of Capri casino in pursuit of more clues.
A lead that proved false Sunday was the discovery of a burned car in Hollywood.
The older Buick or Chevrolet -- similar to the one on the casino's video -- was set on fire about 2 a.m. outside a warehouse at 5818 Dawson St., Hollywood police spokesman Tony Rode said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.
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