- Associated Press - Thursday, March 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer killed last week in a collision between a patrol car and a truck in Beverly Hills was mourned Thursday by family and colleagues.

Hundreds of uniformed law enforcement officers filled the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for Officer Nicholas Choung Lee’s funeral Mass. They then gathered at a cemetery for burial.

The 40-year-old officer, who was married with two daughters, died at the scene of the crash Friday morning. His partner, a rookie just a few months out of the academy, was hospitalized and later released.

Police Chief Charlie Beck addressed the partner, a female officer whose full name has not been released, during a eulogy in which he spoke of having a partner die in his arms after a traffic accident.

“You worked with Nick his last shift. You and I have something in common,” the chief said as he began telling the story.

“He will never leave you. He will always be in your heart,” Beck said.

The crash, which also injured the truck driver, occurred as the officers were responding to a trouble call.

The accident remains under investigation.

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