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Hundreds gather at funeral for slain rookie cop

July 18, 2014
Associated Press

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Hundreds of police officers and mourners have gathered at a Jersey City church for the funeral of a rookie police officer killed in the line of duty.

Fellow officers lined the streets Friday and marched between a funeral home and the church where the funeral is being held for Officer Melvin Santiago.

The 23-year-old was killed Sunday in what authorities have called an ambush. His assailant was killed during a subsequent shootout outside a 24-hour drug store.

Police in New Jersey also are mourning the death of a northern New Jersey officer killed in the line of duty Thursday. Waldwick Officer Christopher Goodell was killed when his unmarked car was struck by an 18-wheeler.



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