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Kent Alexander Carter was the youngest child born to Charles Bendell and Kathryn Amanda Carter, in Los Angeles, California on May 25, 1950.

Kent spent his first eight years of education at the Lady of Assumption Elementary School. By the eighth grade, Kent exhibited exceptional athletic abilitites and was selected to play in various sport tournaments previously reserved only for upper class men.

Kent A. Carter, LAPDWith college in mind, Kent immediately progressed to Cathedral High School in Los Angeles. He continued to show a love for sports. His athletic talents awarded him the selection of all City Varsity during his entire four year tenure. While at Cathedral High School, Kent played offense, defense and did all the team punting. Varsity Football Coach, Dick Salter was quoted in a popular newspaper stating that Kent was one of the most objective men in the CIF. Coach Salter further stated, "Kent played where we needed him most and always did a good job. He was a real team leader and especially tough on the defense...Most of all, he is a wonderful coachable athlete and at all times a credit to his family, to this school and to himself."

Not only was Kent undeniably a great football player, he was also a stellar track and field competitor. Consequently, he went on to set a school record of fifty-two feet in the shot put. This Cathedral High School record is believed to still stand today.

Equally fascinating is the fact that, while at Cathedral, Kent became the big brother of a freshman, no known as Antonio Villaraigosa, the current Mayor of the City of Los Angeles.

After graduation from Cathedral High in June of 1968, Kent enrolled in Los Angeles City College. During his two years of attendance, Kent was selected All League as a linebacker and defensive end.

As a result of Kent's extraordinary talents, he was awarded a football scholarship from the University of Southern California (USC). Kent was soon drafted in the seventeenth round of the 1972 National Football League (NFL) by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was later traded and played with the NFL, New England Patriots. In 1976, Kent signed with the Canadian Football League (CFL) and played with Edmonton Eskimos, Ottawa Rough Riders, Hamilton Tigercats and lastly the Toronto Argonauts.

While playing with the Hamilton Tigercast in 1977, Kent was introducted by his teammate and close friend, Marven Allemang, to Marvin's beautiful sister, Sharon Allemang. Love blossomed. Sharon accepted Kent's proposal and on December 31, 1982 the couple married. Thereafter, Sharon was always referred to as Kent's loving and devoted wife. God blessed them with two beautiful children, a son Preston, now 27 and a daughter, Courtney, now 25.

On February 23, 1981, Kent joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). While in the Police Academy, he was given the prestigious honor of Class Drill Instructor. Upon graduation from the academy, Kent was assigned to Wilshire patrol where he completed his probation. In his illustrious 29 years of law enforcement service with the City of Los Angeles, Kent held many positions which included: Academy Instructor, Vice Officer, DARE Officer and Firearms Instructor. In 1997, Kent became a detective trainee with the LAPD Anti-Terrorist Division. A year and a half later, Kent was promoted to Police Officer III + 1 and was assigned to the Labor Relations Unit. Kent was a long time board member with the California Association of Labor Relations Officers and served as the vice-president of CALRO for the year 2010.

Kent was a true adventurer. Kent was not one to sit on his laurels and allow life to pass him by. Kent was a team player and a spirited participant in life, not a passive observer. He temendously enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, motocycle riding, jet skiing, and boating. Kent was an incredible person, son, brother, husband, father, friend and police officer. He loved his family. Kent was actively engaged in living. He was charismatic and his heart was as big as the city he patrolled and served.

Kent was preceeded in death by his parents Charles Bendell and Kathryn Amanda Carter and his aunt Hadda Brooks. Kent is survived by his devoted wife Sharon of 28 years, son Preston, daughter Courtney, brother Darryl (a retired Los Angeles County Sheriff) one granddaughter, Audrey Kathryn (two years old), and six brothers-in-law, five sisters-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Kent was loved by all and will be truly missed.