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Sgt Brian Valentine McDonnell

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Sgt Brian Valentine McDonnell

Birth
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death
18 Feb 1970 (aged 44)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial
Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA
Plot
STM-C-164
Memorial ID
30395849 View Source

Police Officer. Domestic Terror Victim. Brian V. McDonnell was a Sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department when he was killed by shrapnel from a pipe bomb (which consisted of heavy metal staples and lead bullets) that was set on a ledge at the San Francisco Police Department on February 16, 1970. As other officers tried rendering aid to the fallen sergeant, they could see that he sustained a severed neck artery wound and severe wounds to his eyes and neck. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where doctors attempted valiantly to save his life. Officer McDonnell died of his injuries two days later on February 18, 1970. While no group has ever claimed responsibility for the bombing, the Weathermen, lead at the time by William Ayers, is one of two groups that was initially investigated for the murder. Officer McDonnell was laid to rest on February 20th, 1970.

Police Officer. Domestic Terror Victim. Brian V. McDonnell was a Sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department when he was killed by shrapnel from a pipe bomb (which consisted of heavy metal staples and lead bullets) that was set on a ledge at the San Francisco Police Department on February 16, 1970. As other officers tried rendering aid to the fallen sergeant, they could see that he sustained a severed neck artery wound and severe wounds to his eyes and neck. He was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where doctors attempted valiantly to save his life. Officer McDonnell died of his injuries two days later on February 18, 1970. While no group has ever claimed responsibility for the bombing, the Weathermen, lead at the time by William Ayers, is one of two groups that was initially investigated for the murder. Officer McDonnell was laid to rest on February 20th, 1970.


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  • Created by: M
  • Added: 7 Oct 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 30395849
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/30395849/brian-valentine-mcdonnell: accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Brian Valentine McDonnell (19 Mar 1925–18 Feb 1970), Find a Grave Memorial ID 30395849, citing Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, San Mateo County, California, USA; Maintained by M (contributor 46856892).