Funeral of police officer Andrew Hong, killed in a shooting
The funeral of Police officer Andrew Hong, killed in a September 12 shooting, took place Wednesday in Toronto. Thousands of police officers, dignitaries and relatives of the Toronto officer took part.
Several thousand police officers, dignitaries and relatives of the Toronto officer Toronto Andrew Hong gathered at the Etobicoke Convention Center on Wednesday for his funeral.
In the morning, a funeral procession traveled the road between the funeral home in Thornhill, where the policeman was laid out, and the convention center in west Toronto.
Hundreds of uniformed police officers from Canada and the United States were also present along the route to greet the passing of the motorcade.
Mr. Hong, 48, was shot and killed on September 12 in what investigators say was an unprovoked attack. He was on a lunch break at a Tim Hortons cafe in Mississauga when he was shot at point-blank range, police say.
The Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, spoke at his funeral, praising his devotion to the police, his wife and two children.
“It was said of him that he was made of steel on the outside, but that he had a heart of gold inside. »
— Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario
Andrew Hong was a father of two children.< /p>
Toronto Mayor John Tory and Acting Toronto Police Chief James Ramer also attended the funeral.
He was larger than life, Andrew Hong's widow, Jenny, said during the ceremony. We miss him every day. We will always feel like our house is empty without him.
The couple would have celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary on Thursday, Ms. Hong said.
Jenny Hong carries in her arms the cap of her late husband.
Andrew, if you listen, know that you will always be the love of my life, she has declared. Happy wedding anniversary.
His daughter Mia said her father had always been her strongest supporter. In all the videos shot at sporting events, he was always present, cheering and shouting louder than the others. Dad, thank you for everything you taught me, she said. I won't forget it, I promise you. Goodbye, dad.
Agent Andrew Hong's widow Jenny and their children Mia and Alex, pass the motorcycle used by the policeman.
The alleged killer, who killed two other victims that day, was shot dead by the police in a cemetery in Hamilton. The man was named Shawn Petry, according to police.
Mr. Hong had been a police officer for 22 years. He had joined the police motorcyclist unit that escorts dignitaries in 2008.
His funeral was not open to the general public, but Toronto police had made available to residents a book of condolences that could be signed online and in person.
With information from La Presse canadienne