|Birth: ||Nov. 23, 1866, Ireland|
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 1909|
Immigrated to the US in 1887. Later married and moved to South Omaha, NE. where he was appointed to the Police Force in 1904. Shot and killed near 24th & "N" Street by John Masourides. This event resulted in a riot in "Greek Town" in South Omaha where stores owned by Greeks were burned and destroyed.
From the Omaha World-Herald Newspaper: 5-13-2009
100 Years Late: Research leads to salute for fallen officer
It was late on a February night in 1909 when Officer Edward Lowry was sent to a South Omaha tenement house.
He was to look into a complaint that a 39-year-old Greek immigrant was involved in a questionable relationship with a 17-year-old girl.
As the popular beat cop walked the two toward police headquarters — handcuffs weren't common in those days — the man pulled a gun, turned and shot Lowry. The officer returned fire before he died.
Enraged over Lowry's death, rioters flooded into South Omaha's Greek neighborhood, destroying and looting businesses. The angry crowds ran more than 1,000 immigrants out of town and burned their homes.
Today, the officer who died finally is memorialized during a Washington, D.C., ceremony.
Lowry's name and the details of his death had been lost from the rolls of Omaha's fallen officers until recently, when Officer Chad Frodyma began researching the shooting.
Thanks to that research, Lowry's name will be one of 387 read tonight at a candlelight vigil as part of law enforcement memorial week. The names of officers who have fallen in the line of duty also will be etched into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Lowry's name also was added to the Omaha police memorial last year.
Lowry worked for the South Omaha Police Department. The smaller city was annexed by Omaha in 1915, and the two Police Departments were combined. There was some detective work involved in documenting Lowry's death, Frodyma said.
"The others killed in the line of duty, we knew what happened," he said. "This one, I didn't until I researched it."
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Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Created by: Don
Record added: Apr 04, 2008
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