A ceremony to honor the late German driver and sister of racing legend Michael Schumacher was shut down abruptly by a police officer on Wednesday in Taddle Creek Park in Georgetown, Md. The event, which was set to include appearances by Rosberg’s sons and her boyfriend, Justin Rose, was interrupted by a Georgetown Police Department officer who said the event had been shut down because it “violated a special event regulation” against groups that are underage and drug-related. “However, the group in front of me is there for a remembrance,” the officer said. “I don’t care what your business, you are not underage. You are paying customers. Please move to the side.”
The group held up the event for several more minutes before beginning to chant, “Where’s Justin?”
Rosberg died in July at the age of 47 after a courageous battle with cancer. When her death was announced, Schumacher tweeted, “Today, we lost an extraordinary person. I am really glad that I was able to spend more time with her over the last few years.” Rosberg was dating Justin Rose, the 31-year-old Englishman who won the 2015 U.S. Open.
This year would have been Rosberg’s second wedding anniversary. Rosberg and Rose — who at the time of her death had gone to visit her in the hospital — had been together for a few years.
Georgetown Metropolitan Police Chief Jeff Goodwin confirmed to The Washington Post that police did not have a permit for the event, but said, “There was nothing about it that was particularly out of line. We had numerous groups gathered along with private residences within the park that was not having any kind of event, so as long as it was people of age and people obeying the park’s dress code and all of the regulations, we were fine with it.”
One man on scene told The Post that Rosberg’s children were “all boys.” The family had planned to honor Rosberg’s birthday this past weekend with a children’s tournament in Maryland at a local park. The tournament is scheduled to take place on Saturday.
Though Rosberg’s sons have since been moved out of the park — they have, in fact, set up a GoFundMe to help raise money for Rosberg’s three sons — the boy still asked, “Where’s Justin?” as he departed the ceremony.
Read the full story at The Washington Post.
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