A Navy doctor slain earlier this month was honored by his colleagues on Thursday for his leadership and his humor.
The memorial for Lt. Cmdr. Frederick Trayers III, who was found stabbed to death in his North Park condo earlier this month, was held at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Trayers was an emergency medical resident who also educated nurses, corpsmen and junior residents at the medical center. His friends and co-workers presented Trayers' family with a photo book and traditional shadow box on Thursday. They also talked about how they loved him and how patients loved him.
"Freddy was many things: a naval officer, a fellow resident, a mountaineer, a Lego builder, a pirate, a clown -- but to us, he was a gift," a colleague said. "He was magnetic and full of charisma, and just being around him, you knew that shortly, you would be laughing."
Trayers' wife, Jennifer, was arrested and charged with the killing. She was also wounded in the incident. She pleaded not guilty last week while confined to her hospital bed at Scripps Mercy in Hillcrest.
Prosecutor have indicated that jealousy might have prompted Jennifer Trayers to kill her husband, claiming she sent an e-mail to a woman with whom she believed her husband was having an affair.
The defendant's lawyer pointed out that Jennifer Trayers was also wounded in the incident.