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Funeral services set this weekend for two victims in Anamosa prison attack

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(KWWL) -- Memorial and funeral services are planned this weekend for Lorena Schulte and Robert McFarland, the two victims killed in the Anamosa prison attack on Tuesday. Condolences and prayers have come from Governor Reynolds, the Anamosa community, and coworkers, friends and family of Schulte and McFarland, who are both from Linn County.

Lorena Schulte

Lorena Schulte, 50, of Cedar Rapids, worked at the penitentiary as a registered nurse since 2007.

According to an obituary on Murdoch Funeral Homes' website, Schulte was born in El Salvador and was adopted and brought to the U.S. at the age of 12. She graduated from Kirkwood Community College with a degree in criminal justice and earned her RN.

The obituary provides details on services for Schulte:

"A rosary service will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Legacy Center at Murdoch-Linwood in Cedar Rapids. A public visitation will follow at 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Private family service and burial will be held. All guests are respectfully requested to wear a mask and practice social distancing."

Dustin Ruzicka told KWWL he was a longtime friend of Schulte, and said he first knew her through a karate program in Cedar Rapids. Ruzicka says Schulte was always "kind, but strong."

Schulte was escorted back to her family on Friday, ahead of her funeral service on Sunday.

Today Jim Flint and I had the honor of escorting our Nurse Lorena back to her family. I can’t express my personal gratitude enough to the IDOC Staff from the other institutions and LE community who participated in honoring our fallen co-worker with us. Special shout out to IMCC staff who lined the overpass to show their support, and the West Des Moines Police Chief who organized all of today’s events. Tomorrow we’ll bring Officer Robert “Bobby Mac” McFarland home.

Posted by Damon Van Bogart on Friday, March 26, 2021

You can find more details on the services as well as people's tributes for Schulte here.

Robert McFarland

Robert McFarland, 46, of Ely, served as a correctional officer at the Anamosa prison since October of 2008.

Part of McFarland's legacy involved many years of volunteer service to Iowa fire departments. Ely Fire Chief Aaron Cooper said McFarland came aboard in 2017. Cooper says McFarland was always there on calls and put in many hours to make sure the department is running smoothly. McFarland also served as a firefighter in Oelwein and Brandon.

McFarland's obituary provided details on funeral services:

"Public visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling Street SW. Celebration of Life services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday, March 29, 2021, at Antioch Christian Church, located at 433 Cross Road, Marion, Iowa 52302. Burial will follow in Czech National Cemetery. All guests attending should wear masks and practice social distancing."

The City of Ely will also be hold a procession for McFarland on Saturday between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. You can view more details and the route of the procession here.

KWWL will have more coverage on the procession on Saturday.


For more on Tuesday's events at the Anamosa State Penitentiary, click here.

For more on how the Anamosa prison staff are mourning the loss of their co-workers, click here.

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