Retired Wichita Officer Laid To Rest

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Hundreds of people attended the weekend funeral for Ken Landwehr, the retired Wichita police commander who helped solve more than 600 homicides.

Landwehr died Jan. 13 at age 59. The Wichita Eagle reported Landwehr was diagnosed with kidney cancer just before his 2012 retirement.

During the Saturday service at Central Community Church in Wichita friends and colleagues remembered Landwehr as a devoted family man and tough investigator who fought hard for victims.

He joined the Wichita Police Department after he was himself a victim of armed robbery in 1977. He went on to lead the agency's homicide unit for 20 years and the task force that captured BTK serial killer Dennis Rader, who killed 10 people and eluded police for decades, in 2005.