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Officer Davies Awake And Talking; ‘Healing Mass’ To Be Held Saturday

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The FOP has organized a mass in honor of a Philadelphia police officer who was injured earlier this week after being shot by a suspect.

Officer Ed Davies was shot in the stomach during a scuffle with a suspect inside a corner store on Tuesday (see related story).

On Saturday, Aug. 17th, a “Healing Mass” will be held for Officer Davies at Christ the King RC Church at Morrell Avenue and Chesterfield Road in Philadelphia.

The mass will begin at 5 p.m. and will also coincide with the one-year anniversary of the death of Officer Moses Walker, who was killed on Aug. 18, 2012 in the line of duty.

There will also be an event to “Celebrate the Life of Police Officer Moses Walker, Jr.” on Saturday, August 17, 2013 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Harrison Plaza Recreation Center at 1300 North 10th. and West Thompson Streets.

The Davies Family has released the following statement of gratitude that they would like to share with the public and police family, however, they continue to ask for privacy during this time and ask for all to respect that wish:

“We would like to express our thankfulness to all of those who are sending good wishes, prayers and support to Ed and to our family at this very trying time. Ed is a wonderful father and husband and a dedicated police officer who loves his job. We are heartened and strengthened by the actions of those who have come forward to donate blood. We would like to thank the members of the larger community, the members of the Philadelphia Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police. We are especially thankful and cannot express enough the support we have received from Ed’s fellow officers in the 25th Police District; they are truly an extension of our family. Ed remains in serious condition so we are focused on supporting him; and we ask for your continued prayers and support for Ed and all police officers.”

The suspect in Tuesday’s incident involving Officer Davies, Eric Torres,  has been charged with attempted murder.

Davies remains hospitalized at Temple University Hospital but is said to be awake and talking. His condition was upgraded to “serious,” and he will undergo his fourth surgery on Saturday.

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