Jacksonville, FL – NFL player Tyler Eifert said he will pay tribute to slain retired St. Louis Metro Police Captain David Dorn by wearing his name on his helmet this season.
The 77-year-old retired police captain was shot multiple times by rioters on June 2 as he was responding to an alarm at his friend’s pawn shop.
His attackers broadcast his horrific death on Facebook Live.
Retired Capt. Dorn served the St. Louis Metro Police Department (LMPD) for 38 years, his widow, Ann Marie Dorn, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch earlier this summer.
Hamilton County, Ohio Republican Party Chairman Alex Triantafilou announced in a tweet on Monday that Eifert, a Jacksonville Jaguars tight end, will pay tribute to retired Capt. Dorn on his helmet, although he did not provide any details regarding what the tribute will entail.
“Got some very good news from former @Bengals player/current @Jaguars player @tylereifert that he will honor fallen police officer David [Dorn] on his helmet,” Triantafilou wrote. “Always been a fan of Tyler’s and God bless him!”
In June, the NFL announced it would allow players to place decals on the backs of their helmets bearing the initials or names of victims of alleged police violence or systemic racism, FOX News reported.
Players can only honor those whose names are included on a pre-approved list, including Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, according to The Washington Examiner.
Players may also opt for one of four NFL-approved phrases instead – “Black Lives Matter,” “End Racism,” “It Takes All Of Us,” or “Stop Hate,” FOX News reported.
In August, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and other players were seen wearing the name of accused rapist Jacob Blake, who was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin after he fought with officers while armed with a knife.
The NFL, NHL, and NBA have all cancelled games in protest of the officer-involved shooting of Blake, who survived the incident but is now paralyzed, The Washington Examiner reported.
When many of his fellow NFL players began kneeling during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Eifert consistently chose to stand.
“I stand because I love my country,” Eifert said in an op-ed for Medium in 2017. “I stand because I want to honor the people putting their lives on the line for me on a daily basis in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.”
He wore a pair of cleats that season honoring the sacrifice of former Arizona Cardinals player Pat Tillman, who turned down a $3.6 million NFL contract in 2002 in order to enlist in the military.
Tillman was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 while serving in the U.S. Army Rangers, FOX News reported.
“I respect my fellow players’ right to kneel during the national anthem but I hope everyone now knows why I stand, and respects that as well,” Eifert said at the time.
Retired Capt. Dorn’s accused killer, 24-year-old Stephan Cannon, has been charged with felon in possession of a firearm, three counts of armed criminal action, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, and first-degree murder, KSDK reported.
One of his accomplices, 27-year-old Jimmie Robinson, was arrested on charges of stealing, armed criminal action, and burglary, according to KMOV.
According to court documents, security footage showed Cannon and multiple other suspects as they pulled up to Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry in a Pontiac G6 sometime before 2:30 a.m., KMOV reported.
The alleged gunman and his accomplices forced their way inside the business and proceeded to haul several televisions out of the building, security footage showed.
Cannon, armed with a handgun, walked over to the outside corner of the store just moments before retired Capt. Dorn arrived at the scene, according to court documents.
Cannon allegedly opened fire on retired Capt. Dorn as he was approaching the pawn shop, KSDK reported.
“It is apparent from the surveillance that at the time the shots were fired, Cannon was the only person standing at that corner,” the charging documents read.
Several plumes of smoke were seen rising up from the area where the alleged gunman was standing, investigators noted.
The retired captain immediately collapsed to the ground.
According to witnesses, someone yelled into the store after the shooting and told the other looters that it was time to leave, KMOV reported.
The suspects ran outside and subsequently broadcast the wounded captain’s death on Facebook Live.
Numerous social media users posted comments about having watched the horrific video, which has since been removed from the social media platform, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
“What I just witnessed on several lives has me sickened to my stomach,” former St. Louis Police Officer Marquaello Futrell wrote in a Facebook post.
“The man just was shot and killed outside of Lee’s Pawn and Jewelry,” Futrell added. “It’s one thing to be a victim of a robbery/assault but to lie in [your] own blood pleading for help and no help comes other than people standing around on FB Live recording his death. All over social media. I’m upset and can’t sleep!”
Retired Capt. Dorn’s body was discovered outside the store after the looters fled the area.
He had been shot in the torso multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene, KSDK reported.
Security footage allegedly showed that Cannon, a driver, and one other passenger sped off in the Pontiac G6, according to KMOV.
An eyewitness identified Cannon, who later confessed that he had been inside the pawn shop on the night of retired Capt. Dorn’s murder, KSDK reported.
He said he tried to change his appearance by cutting his hair after police released security footage from the store, according to court documents.
Investigators also found one of the pawn shop’s stolen televisions inside Cannon’s home.
Capt. Dorn served SLMPD for 38 years before he retired in 2007, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
He was last assigned as the Bureau of Patrol Support deputy commander, and was tasked with overseeing the tactical unit, commercial vehicles, mounted patrol and traffic unit.
He also spent time serving as the chief of police in Moline Acres.
“David Dorn was a fine captain, many of us young officers looked up to him,” St. Louis Metro Police Chief John Hayden told KMOV.