Cobb County police Officer Anthony Pereira, 28, is survived by a 5-year-old daughter.
“It was made of solid iron and it looked like a missile that had been dropped from an airplane,” Shay Haynes told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Haynes and her husband initially thought it was a toy, long ago buried when their sons were much younger. But the couple quickly realized the device, whatever it was, wasn’t meant for play.
“Oh my gosh, this is not a toy,” Haynes said. “This is the real thing.”
Haynes called police to have the device checked out, and soon her home was the scene of numerous officers and a bomb squad. She and her husband worried that they could have caused the device to explode, or that maybe it was still “live” despite its age. But Pereira kept the couple calm and explained what was happening throughout the ordeal.
“He was very kind. He was really a nice presence to have here until the very end,” Haynes said.
In addition to his parents and siblings, Pereira is survived by a 5-year-old daughter, along with numerous other relatives. An online fundraising page was created to assist the family.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Tim Stewart Funeral Home in Snellville. The funeral for Pereira will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church in Snellville.
In other news:
Police say three women forced their way into a Cobb County apartment and a bullet nearly hit a father in the head. His 6-year-old son was just feet away.