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Remembering Officer Mike Crain: Widow of Man Killed by Dorner Recalls Last Year

Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain, who lived in Beaumont with his family, was killed one year ago. His wife shares what it has been like adjusting to life without Mike.

Regina Crain looks at her husband's name on Beaumont's Public Service Memorial, which was unveiled on July 4, 2013.  Banning-Beaumont Patch Photo by Renee Schiavone.
Regina Crain looks at her husband's name on Beaumont's Public Service Memorial, which was unveiled on July 4, 2013. Banning-Beaumont Patch Photo by Renee Schiavone.
It's been 365 days since a great tragedy unfolded on a Riverside street, when a man running from the law with a vendetta against law enforcement shot and killed an officer named Michael Crain.

Crain was killed Feb. 7, 2013 in what Riverside's police chief described as a "cowardly ambush" by the now-notorious Christopher Dorner— who himself died five days later in a police shootout near Big Bear.

The 34-year-old Crain had been with the Riverside Police Department for eleven years and lived in Beaumont with his wife and two children.  He was laid to rest on Feb. 13, 2013, after a ceremony attended by an estimated 8,000 in Riverside.

Since then, his wife Regina has honored her husband's memory at several public memorial services, including two in front of Beaumont's civic center— one at the Veteran's Memorial Wall and another at the Public Service Memorial.

As she prepares for more such services, CBS2-News recently sat down with Regina Crain, to catch up on how the last year has been.

“It bothers me a little that people are starting to forget Mike’s name,” Crain told the station. “They don’t know who I’m talking about until I say Dorner.”

In the video news report, which is attached to the top of this article or can be viewed here, Regina describes how she is learning to live with the pain and heartbreak, while trying to return to a normal life.  


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