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Community continues to rally behind Officer Matthew Rittner's family

Posted at 3:48 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 20:00:30-05

OAK CREEK — Oak Creek Assembly of God is hosting a private visitation Tuesday for fallen MPD Officer Matthew Rittner.

A public visitation and funeral there are scheduled for Wednesday.

Before the community gathers to say a final goodbye to Rittner, some showed support for his family by buying cupcakes.

At Jen's Sweet Treats in Cudahy, owner Jennifer Clark said all money from Tuesday's sales will benefit Rittner's family.

"This is crazy," Clark said among a large crowd of customers. "People are coming out of the woodwork."

The store sold out of its cupcakes before noon. Only items such as cookies and bread remained.

"We raised more than $10,000 just in pre-sales," Clark said.

The business was continuing to take orders, which will benefit the fundraiser, through 6 p.m.

Clark said she didn't know how many cupcakes she baked for the fundraiser. But she said it was "a lot."

"I wish I could've baked more, but I'm only human," Clark said.

Also Tuesday afternoon, Rittner's body was transported, with a procession of Milwaukee Police vehicles, from Krause Funeral Home in Brookfield to Oak Creek Assembly of God in Oak Creek.

Wednesday, a much longer procession will take place after the funeral.

"This is crazy. People are coming out of the woodwork." — Jennifer Clark, owner of Jen's Sweet Treats, about a fundraiser to benefit Officer Matthew Rittner's family

Milwaukee Police said the route of Wednesday's procession was deliberately drawn to pass by the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps Reserve Center. Rittner served as a Marine.

The route will also take Rittner's casket in a loop around the MPD facility at 47th and Vliet, where his unit was housed.

Wednesday's procession is expected to start about 4:30 p.m.