BALTIMORE (AP) - Thousands of mourners gathered at a church for the funeral of a Baltimore police detective who was fatally shot while on the job on November 15.
The funeral was held Wednesday at Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries on Radecke Avenue in Baltimore.
Attendees at the service included Maryland political leaders and numerous law enforcement officials, some traveling as far away as Chicago to honor a fallen colleague and his grieving family.
Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh says the killing of a police officer "leaves a stain on our city." Gov. Larry Hogan says Suiter "lived and died a hero."
Det. Suiter will be interred at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens at 200 E. Padonia Road in Timonium.
A two-day viewing was held Monday at Vaughn Greene Funeral Home in Randallstown.
Suiter died a day after being shot in the head while investigating a case. Suiter was a 18-year veteran of the police force and a married father of five.
He was a Washington, D.C. native and attended McKinleyTechnology High School.
A reward of $215,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot him.
Baltimore's police commissioner Kevin Davis revealed that Suiter was shot a day before he was set to testify in a corruption probe into activities of indicted police officers. The commissioner has emphasized that Suiter was not the target of any criminal investigation.
A GoFundMe page which has been set up to benefit the family has received over $60,000 in donations.