As law enforcement officers milled about the parking lot of the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena on Tuesday morning, the sound of a bagpipe faintly playing in the distance, Renee Kinner stood near the entrance, waiting to go inside.
Kinner, 59, choked up as she explained why she was at the memorial for Gerardo I. Hernandez, the
"It upset me," Kinner said, pausing to regain her composure. "I felt the need to be here. I'm still a TSA person."
Kinner said she called her son "right away" after she learned of
"I don't know anybody in uniform here but I feel a kinship to them," she said Tuesday. "There's not the acceptance and gratitude from the public. It's tough."
"I'm just grateful for what TSA does," she said later. "And hopefully the public would see what it takes to do the job."
A range of law enforcement officials arrived at the Sports Arena early Tuesday morning, many pausing to snap photos of the massive U.S. flag hanging between two fire truck ladders outside the entrance. Local, state and federal officials were expected to attend the public memorial, set to begin at 10 a.m.
U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder was on the list of speakers, along with Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers and TSA Administrator John Pistole. Other TSA supervisors from LAX were also expected to speak.
Hernandez — a 39-year-old father of two — was killed and three other people were wounded when gunfire broke out inside LAX's Terminal 3 the morning of Nov. 1. Authorities allege that the suspect, 23-year-old Anthony
Ciancia was wounded in a gun battle with airport police and was taken into custody about 10 minutes after opening fire, authorities said. He remained in critical condition Monday at
Ciancia has been charged with the murder of a federal officer and the commission of violence at an airport.