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Thousands attend funeral of Phoenix police officer

PHOENIX — Thousands of mourners packed a Peoria church for the funeral of
a Phoenix police officer killed in a shootout with a wanted suspect last week.

Police officers, firefighters and elected officials from throughout Arizona gathered at Christ’s Church of the Valley on Monday morning for the honors funeral of slain Detective John Hobbs.

Dozens of people later lined sections of streets and freeway overpasses for the
10-mile procession to a graveside service in Phoenix.

The 21-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department was shot and killed a week ago during a confrontation with a suspect in west Phoenix.

Hobbs, 43, left behind a wife, Cathy, and three children.
Burial will take place at Phoenix Memorial Park.

Memorial accounts have been established to help Hobbs’ family. Donations can be made at any National Bank of Arizona location by mentioning Hobbs’ name. Desert Schools credit union also has set up a fund. Inform any teller to make a donation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.