MIAMI -

The mother of a slain Miami police officer thanked the community Friday for their support these past couple of weeks.

"I would like to thank each and every one of you for your kindness shown to me during this time of my son's death," said Lucille Patrick.

Officer Carl Patrick was found dead inside his Pembroke Pines home earlier this month. Carl Patrick's girlfriend, Tiniko Thompson, was arrested in connection with his death Wednesday.

Investigators said Thompson shot Carl Patrick and took his cellphone so he would not be able to call for help. The medical examiner ruled Carl Patrick would have survived his injuries had he been treated by paramedics.

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Thompson's attorney insists his client shot Carl Patrick in self-defense following a fight.

"I'm glad that lady is now in the place she should be for what she has done to my son," added Lucille Patrick.

Thompson faces a charge of second-degree murder.

Carl Patrick's mother thanks community for support

IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT COX'S WHEREABOUTS, PLEASE GIVE POLICE A CALL. ALSO AT 11 NOW, A MOTHER'S GRIEF. A SLAIN MIAMI POLICE OFFICER'S MOTHER OPENING UP ABOUT HER SON'S DEATH. SOME CLOSURE COMING THIS WEEK FOR THE FAMILY AFTER THAT OFFICER'S GIRLFRIEND WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER. AND NOW CARL PATRICK'S MOTHER THANKING THE COMMUNITY FOR THEIR SUPPORT SINCE HER SON'S DEATH. LOCAL 10 NEWS REPORTER RUS IS LIVE OUTSIDE IN POMPANO BEACH WHERE PATRICK'S ALLEGED KILLER IS BEING HELD. SHE IS STILL IN JAIL FACING THE SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGES. BUT AS YOU SAY THE OFFICER'S FAMILY IS NOW SPEAKING OUT TONIGHT FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. AND INSTEAD OF THE UNBRIDALLED ANGER YOU MIGHT EXPECT NOTHING BUT CALM GRATITUDE TONIGHT. I'M GLAD THAT THAT LADY IS NOW IN THE PLACE WHERE SHE SHOULD BE FOR WHAT SHE HAS DONE TO MY SON. WITH HER SON'S FACE ON HER CHEST, HIS MEMORY IN HER HEART, AND NOTHING BUT GRATITUDE. I'M THANKFUL TO MY LORD. ON HER LIPS. FOR LETTING EVERYTHING DONE AS IT HAS BEEN DONE FOR MY SON. ONLY A MOTHER OF COURAGE AND STRENSZ COULD COME THROUGH ALL OF THIS WITH WORDS OF LOVE. I THANK YOU ALL. AND I LOVE YOU ALL BECAUSE YOU HAVE HELPED ME DURING THIS TIME OF MY GRIEF. HER GRIEF BEGAN MORE THAN THREE WEEKS AGO. SON AND OFFICER CARL PATRICK FOUND SHOT TO DEATH IN HIS PEMBROKE PINES HOME. DID YOU SHOOT YOUR BOYFRIEND? HIS LIVE-IN GIRLFRIEND HAS NOW BEEN CHARGED WITH HIS MURDER. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE CHARGES? HER ATTORNEY SAYS IT WAS A CASE OF ABUSE THAT ENDED WITH PATRICK SHOOTING HIMSELF DURING A TUSSLE WITH HIS GUN. BUT PROSECUTORS SAY THE ABUSE AND NEGLECT CAME AFTER THE SHOOTING WHEN THOMPSON TOOK THE BLEEDING OFFICER'S CELL PHONE AND DROVE OFF WHEN HIS LIFE STILL COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED. IT COULD HAVE BEEN RENDERED THAT HE WOULD NOT BE DEAD TODAY. TODAY THOMPSON IS FACING SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGES. THE CLOSED LIPS ON HER FACE AND THE LIFTED FINGER SHE GAVE CAMERAS AS SHE HEADED TO JAIL HER ONLY COMMENT SINCE. I'M NOT GOING TO ANSWER NO QUESTIONS. PATRICK'S MOTHER HAD FEW WORDS HERSELF. HER BOWED HEAD AND SLUMPED SHOULDERS ALSO SPEAKING SILENTLY. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. WELL, HER GRIEF IS UNBEARABLE, BUT HER DIGNITY IS AMAZING. AS WE SAID, THOMPSON REMAINS HERE IN JAIL TONIGHT FACING THOSE SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGES.