- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - More than a 100 fellow officers gathered at a memorial service honoring a New York City police officer who was slain in the line of duty.

New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton said at the memorial service on Wednesday that Brian Moore’s legacy will always be remembered.

The 25-year-old officer was attempting to stop a suspect when authorities said the man opened fire, striking Moore in the head. He died two days later. The suspect, 35-year-old Demetrius Blackwell has pleaded not guilty aggravated murder and other charges.

Bratton said Moore had the instinct to spot danger and root out crime. Wiping back tears, Moore’s father, Raymond, said his son was a “courageous hero.”

Dozens of fellow officers also left flowers and a wreath at the shooting scene Wednesday.

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