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MARTA police officer killed in crash while escorting funeral

ATLANTA — An off-duty Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) police officer has been killed in a motorcycle crash while escorting a funeral procession.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Jesse Tarplin, 38, died Saturday afternoon after the crash outside a Fulton County funeral home.

Fulton County police Lt. Scott McBride told the newspaper that Tarplin was escorting a funeral procession when he collided with a vehicle that had stopped for the procession.

The cause of the collision with a car was unclear.

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