- Associated Press - Saturday, June 27, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Scores of uniformed police officers from New Orleans and surrounding areas were among hundreds who filed into a church Saturday to say goodbye to Daryle Holloway, a New Orleans officer who was shot to death while on duty last weekend.

Saturday’s viewing and memorial Mass was held at St. Maria Goretti Church in eastern New Orleans a week after Holloway was fatally shot while transporting a prisoner.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, Rep. Cedric Richmond and police chief Michael Harrison were among dignitaries at Holloway’s funeral, where the fallen officer was remembered for his humor and his devotion to the people in his community.

“Are we going to let his life, and his consequent death, be in vain?” Landrieu asked. “Who will stand in his stead?”

Later, uniformed officers and firefighters were among those lining the street near the city’s 5th District police station, where Holloway worked and where the funeral procession slowed down as it passed. Holloway’s body was taken after the Mass to historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 for burial.

Meanwhile, tributes from other law enforcement agencies popped up on social media. “May you rest in Peace NOPD Officer Holloway,” read one tweet from Louisiana State Police.

The circumstances of Holloway’s death remain under investigation. Police are looking into how a handcuffed suspect in the back of the police unit Holloway was driving could have gained access to a gun, shot Holloway and escaped.

Travis Boys, 33, was captured last Sunday and booked with first-degree murder in Holloway’s death.

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