Friends and family to gather Saturday in honor of fallen FWC officer Julian Keen

Published: June 27, 2020 6:44 AM EDT
Updated: June 27, 2020 10:03 PM EDT

Remembering a life gone too soon. Family and friends are gathering to honor FWC Officer Julian Keen who was killed while off duty in LaBelle a few weeks ago.

We’ve all had the privilege to learn about Keen over the past few weeks and one of those things is just how many lives he touched.

At a service for him Monday, hundreds to thousands of people showed up. Of course, not everyone there knew him personally, but everyone we met had. They all used the same word to describe him.

“Love. There was nothing else that he saw.”

“He understood that, the meaning of love.”

“He didn’t see anything else but wonderful people in this life. He just wanted everyone to get along and love each other.”

“Always smiling, always positive and giving happiness and love wherever he went.”

Saturday’s funeral service is an opportunity to show that love right back to Keen.

There will be a private viewing for the family followed by a service open to the public beginning promptly at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Assembly of God in Immokalee.

About two weeks ago, FWC Officer Julian Keen’s life was taken and ever since his friends, family and community in LaBelle came together to celebrate his life. Saturday, Officer Keen’s funeral was held in Immokalee and there was not a dry eye in the room.

Cars filled th parking lot at Bethel Ministries International. And many came to share stories of a man they all loved and appreciated.

said, “More than a cousin, let’s just say that. A big brother I never had but always wanted.”

“That is my brother. Blood could not have made us any closer.”

Everyone in the community seemed to love him. They nicknamed him batman for his selfless nature. And many attending the funeral donned the symbol as a show of appreciation.

Even his mother, Delores Keen, while sad that her son is no longer with her, knows he’s smiling down on the community. “That’s one thing about Julian. If we don’t have anything else we got the glory from the smile that he has,” she said.

And his brother wants to remind him how loved he was and how everyone can Be Like Julian. “I love my brother. and I’m going to miss him. Fly high, man.”