Funeral services held for slain officer

August 26, 2009 2:25:04 PM PDT
It was a somber day for friends, family members and fellow police officers, who gathered to say their final goodbyes to slain Pasadena Officer Jesse Hamilton. Officer Hamilton was killed in the line of duty last Friday morning while investigating a family disturbance. The family of Sergio Robles called police, saying he was off his medication and acting strangely. Officer Hamilton was speaking with Robles' mother when the suspect reportedly walked out of the house and shot him. The officer died a short time later at the hospital.

On Wednesday, thousands gathered to honor Officer Hamilton.

At the request of the family, our cameras were not allowed inside the church for Wednesday morning's service, but we can tell you there were moments of sadness coupled with joy as a relatives and friends spoke from the heart about a man they loved and admired.

Outside Grace Community Church, there was a tearful final goodbye to the fallen hero.

"The officer's youth and his vibrancy and his conscientious approach to duty is something that maybe makes this a little more tragic," said Pasadena PD Assistant Chief Bud Corbett.

Those who knew Officer Hamilton say in addition to being a dedicated officer, he was an honorable family man.

"He would do anything for anyone and he will always be sorely missed," said Pasadena Officer P.L. Ruffin.

On Wednesday, around 2,000 people came out to not only celebrate Officer Hamilton's life, but to support the family he left behind -- a wife and two young daughters.

"I need to be as strong as they are," said family friend Monica Arnold. "They are keeping their head up, keeping their chin up and they are encouraging others which is an encouragement to me."

Just after 7am Wednesday, officers and Hamilton's family started their procession to the church. A hearse led a long line of patrol cars that drove with their lights flashing.

The funeral was followed by a 21-gun salute. It is times like this that remind a community of the sacrifices officers make each and every day by putting their lives on the line.

Robles is still hospitalized. He has been charged with capital murder. He had been released from jail just hours before the shooting after serving time on a DWI charge.

Donations
Donations to assist Officer Hamilton's family can be made to the 100 Club.

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