Community gathers at visitation service to honor Deputy Sean Riley

Funeral service to be held Tuesday morning
Community gathers at memorial service to honor Deputy Sean Riley
Community gathers at memorial service to honor Deputy Sean Riley
Published: Dec. 31, 2021 at 11:27 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 3, 2022 at 5:32 AM CST
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WAYNE CO., Ill. (WFIE) - Funeral services for fallen Wayne County Deputy Sean Riley began on Monday.

Deputy Riley’s visitation was held Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Community High School Gymnasium. There was also a first responder walk-thru at 6 p.m.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, there was a certain route that was followed on Monday.

Funeral services for Deputy Sean Riley to start Monday.
Funeral services for Deputy Sean Riley to start Monday.

Deputy Riley was escorted from Johnson and Vaughn Funeral Home to Fairfield High School before the visitation.

Everyone was welcome to honor the fallen deputy.

[Businesses and organizations hold fundraisers for Deputy Riley’s family]

The proceedings brought in law enforcement from all across Illinois, community members from all across the county and his aunt, Jackie Vizcarra.

“It was just an unbelievable amount of support,” she said. “Sean’s wife and sister are holding up really well, and his children are doing okay.”

She said the days since Sean was shot and killed have forced her and her family to adjust to a reality that’s been radically changed.

“It’s really difficult because there was so much to look forward to ahead in his life,” Vizcarra said. “But he leaves a fantastic legacy and we’re so proud of him.”

Funeral services will be held at 11 Tuesday morning. That will also be in the gym at the high school.

For general parking, Illinois State Police says people will take 3rd Street south from Delaware Street and meet an officer to guide you to the parking area. The general parking area will be at 3rd Street and West King Street.

Officials say West King Street will be closed to the general public.

General Public parking
General Public parking(Illinois State Police)

Instead of flowers, a memorial can be made in his honor to the Sean Riley Benefit Fund at the Trust Bank in Cisne.

There’s another escort after the funeral to Deputy Riley’s hometown of Cisne, where he will be buried.

It will start out at Fairfield Community High School. It will make its way to Main Street and then onto US 45. It will then head down Central Avenue to Cisne and the Cisne Family Cemetery.

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