MIAMI (CBSMiami) -- A South Florida mother is coping with the painful reminder that she will have to bury her son, an officer who was found dead in his Pembroke Pines home.
For Lucille Patrick, Mother's Day was a painful reminder of her loss.
"I love you very much. God bless you," said Patrick.
Her son, officer Carl Patrick, was found dead in his Pembroke Pines home on Friday, May 9th. He had been shot to death while wearing his patrol uniform.
On Sunday, May 11th officers continued their investigation into the 53-year old's death. Patrick's uniform was among the items pulled out of his patrol car by detectives on day three of his murder investigation.
The discovery was made when his employer, the City of Miami Police Department, became concerned about him.
"Always responsible, showed up for work every day. He was out for a couple of days and we noticed he wasn't showing up and that's when the notifications were made and the discovery was made," said Major Delrish Moss of the City of Miami Police Department.
The president for the Fraternal Order of Police, Sergeant Javier Ortiz, released a statement on Sunday to fellow officers, saying, "his lunch box as well as his city laptop were inside his police car which is consistent with brother Carl going to work."
Ortiz also tweeted, "We love you Carl Patrick.We pray to have your killer charged soon."
Now, a fellow city of Miami Police employee is considered a suspect in the case.
According to our news partners, The Miami Herald, Tiniko Thompson, a City of Miami Police public service aid is being investigated in connection with the case.
Patrick was a police officer for 25 years. Patrick also served in the Army.
With the Miami Police Department, he was part of the honor guard.
Now, an honor guard will likely pay respect to Patrick when he is laid to rest.
"People say I'm strong, but I don't feel very strong. It's like part of me is gone," said Patrick.
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