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Parking lots closed Tuesday for officer Zapata's funeral

by Tonya Durlach

April 22, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer Eric Zapata.
Public safety officer Eric Zapata
KALAMAZOO--Several parking lots in the area of Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University will be closed Tuesday, April 26, for the funeral of Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety officer Eric Zapata, who was shot and killed in the line of duty April 18.

  • Map of parking areas for funeral [PDF]
  • Bus routes and schedules affected
  • The service begins at 11 a.m. in Miller Auditorium, and a capacity audience is expected. Several lots will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday and will be open only to people arriving for the service. WMU Public Safety staff will be present to assist motorists. Lots are expected to reopen for normal campus use at 3 p.m.

    Lots closed Tuesday, April 26

    Students, faculty and staff who normally park in the closed lots are encouraged to make other plans for Tuesday and allow extra time for travel. Lot 34, directly south of the Miller Parking Ramp, will remain open to students, faculty and staff, but significant delays are expected.

    All motorists not attending the funeral are encouraged to avoid the area around Miller Auditorium, Lawson Ice Arena, Western Avenue, Van De Giessen Road, Stadium Drive and Howard Street between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday because of high traffic volume expected.

    Public parking for those attending the memorial service will be available in Parking Lot 76, off Knollwood Avenue.

    For more information, contact WMU Public Safety at (269) 387-5555.

    Visit Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety online to read more about public safety officer Eric Zapata, get details on visitation and funeral arrangements, or contribute to the PSO Zapata Memorial Fund.