HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Funeral services were held Thursday for Hattiesburg Police officer Benjamin Deen. He was shot to death last Saturday night during a routine traffic stop.
His fellow officer Liquori Tate was also shot to death.
Five suspects are in jail in connection with the officers' murders.
After the service at Temple Baptist Church, hundreds of police officers from all over the country escorted Deen's body to its final resting place at Military Baptist Church in Sumrall.
Police vehicles from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and other states joined in an hour-long procession.
And there to greet them were dozens of local residents. Some were carrying signs, thanking officer Deen and other law enforcement personnel for their service.
"They're the reason why all of our families and all of our kids can walk the streets," said Roberta Herrington, who was carrying a sign that read, 'My Family Thanks You.'
"It shows all the love we have in a small town," said Chris Herrington. He shook hands with many of the officers as they walked to the church for the graveside service.
Police officers from as far away as Chicago, New York and Canada attended Thursday's service.