An off-duty police officer was killed after being hit by a car while riding his motorcycle in Macomb County.
Now both his family and his law enforcement one are mourning the loss of 46-year-old Ronnie Karjo.
Retired Inkster detective Anthony Abdallah said he can still picture his best friend's smile
"Come back, that's all I can say - we're going to miss him. We already do," Abdallah said. "We work together, we eat together, we go home. Yesterday he just didn't make it home."
Chesterfield Township police say Karjo was riding his motorcycle south on Gratiot near 21 Mile when he was hit by a car driven by a 21-year-old man. The driver, who was turning left, attempted to pull into a gas station when hitting Karjo. That driver suffered minor injuries while Karjo died in the hospital.
"He's not going to come home, that's the part that hurts the most," Abdallah said.
Karjo, with 21 years in law enforcement, worked in Inkster for 17 years before becoming a Harper Woods police officer. Harper Woods director of public safety Jim Burke said he was dedicated and compassionate.
"Even the people on the streets, the bad guys - nobody hated him," Abdallah said. "He did his job and everybody respected him."
Karjo leaves behind a wife and four children. Both a family at home and a family in blue.
"When one falls, we all fall," Abdallah said. "We all hurt."
Viewing is Wednesday from 4 p.m to 9 p.m. at EJ Mandziuk & Son, 3801 18 Mile Road Sterling Heights, 48314.
Burial is Thursday 10 a.m. at St. George Catholic Church on Dequindre just north of M-59.