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Police escort returns body of slain officer to Delmar

The body of a Delmar police officer who died after authorities say he was attacked responding to a fight was returned to the town he served with a police escort.

Law enforcement agencies from Maryland and Delaware escorted the body of Cpl. Keith Heacook from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

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Heacook, 54, died Wednesday at the hospital from injuries he suffered Tuesday in the line of duty.

Authorities say Heacook was attacked by Brandon Wilkerson, 30, of Salisbury after responding to a report of a fight in Delmar. A witness reported that Wilkerson slammed his foot repeatedly on Heacook’s head while he lay unconscious. Wilkerson is also accused of attacking an elderly couple.

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The escort for Heacook on Sunday began around 2 p.m. The route took him from Interstate 95 in Baltimore to Route 50 and Route 404 and finally to Short Funeral Home in Delmar, Delaware. The police department serves both the Delaware town and the adjacent Delmar in Wicomico County, Maryland.

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