As Lafayette police officers and the entire community mourn the loss of Crpl. Middlebrook of the LPD, his father made a visit to his son's memorial.

Here's a photo of Crpl. Middlebrook's father at his unit, which has been set up as a memorial at Lafayette Police Headquarters.

As you can see in this photo, which was posted on Facebook by a family member, many from our community have visited Crpl. Middlebrook's unit and have dropped off flowers, balloons, and flags.

However, it's this moment that breaks my heart. The fallen officer's father is holding onto the police unit, which is an extension of his son. 

No parent should ever have to bury their child and no parent should ever have to bury their child for serving their community. So sad.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Crpl. Middlebrook's family during this difficult time.