St. Rita Alumnus Officer Thomas J. Kelly '61 died from a gunshot wound inflicted during a routine traffic stop on March 3, 1970.
Officer Kelly and his partner observed a traffic violation and stopped a car with two men at 360 E. 44th Street. As they approached the car, Officer Kelly stood outside as his partner searched the interior. Suddenly, one of the vehicle's occupants pulled a gun, fatally wounding Patrolman Kelly. Upon hearing the gunshots, his partner tried to draw his weapon but was struck twice before he could return fire. When then attempted to shoot Kelly's partner a third time, their gun misfired and they escaped on foot. Officer Kelly was transported to Provident Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Thomas J. Kelly '61