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Morning briefing: Fort Worth panhandling; Little Elm officer’s funeral; Keller searches for graffiti artist

Fort Worth police honor slain Little Elm detective

Fort Worth police officers escorted Little Elm Police Detective Jerry Walker’s body from the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office in Fort Worth back to Denton county Wednesday afternoon. (Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram)
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Fort Worth police officers escorted Little Elm Police Detective Jerry Walker’s body from the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office in Fort Worth back to Denton county Wednesday afternoon. (Max Faulkner/Star-Telegram)

Here are the top stories from around Fort Worth and Texas on Tuesday morning. Click on the links for details on each one.

Fort Worth Council to vote on panhandling issues

The Fort Worth City Council is expected to discuss at its Tuesday meeting the issue of aggressive panhandling, something that has become “disturbing and disruptive” to residents, tourists and businesses within the city.

The council will vote Tuesday to repeal a portion of the city’s ordinance that makes loitering for begging illegal and replace it with stricter language.

Since Bill Waybourn, the new Tarrant County Sheriff, took office on Jan. 1, deputies have increased patrols around county buildings downtown in order to reduce the homeless population in the area.

Little Elm officer to be laid to rest

Detective Jerry Walker, who was shot and killed last week when he responded to a person with weapon call, will be laid to rest Tuesday.

His funeral is at 10 a.m. at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. Law enforcement officers from across the country and members of the community are expected to travel to Plano to pay their respects.

Walker was trying to get a better view of the barricaded suspect last Tuesday when gunfire from Rudy Garcia fatally struck him. Garcia was found dead inside the home hours later.

Fundraisers all across North Texas are helping to raise money for the family of Detective Walker, who is survived by his four children.

TCU running back arrested

Kyle Hicks, a TCU running back, and with two former players were arrested on public intoxication charges over the weekend, jail records show.

Hicks, 22, Bryson Henderson, 21, and George Baltimore, 21, were arrested at a Whataburger early Saturday after police were dispatched due to a reported fight.

TCU officials said Monday they were aware of the incident and looking into the details.

Keller looking for graffiti artist

A Keller landscape worker discovered a work of art, rather than vandalism, when he saw a young deer painted on the wall of a tunnel under Bear Creek Parkway.

Now, city officials are searching for the artist’s identity not because he or she is in trouble but to discuss future artwork in the area.

“There’s more room in that tunnel,” Gary Davis, the park’s maintenance and development manager said. “Hopefully the artist will reach out to us.”

Homicides rise in 2016

A Star-Telegram database found that 141 people fell victim to homicides in Tarrant, Denton, Johnson and Parker counties in 2016, which was the most since 2011.

Fort Worth saw a rise in domestic homicides, Arlington saw a rise in total homicides and six people were killed in officer-involved shootings, including the death of Euless police officer David Hofer in March.

Check out the database here.

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson

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