Police officers say goodbye to slain brother Randolph Holder

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Randolph Holder
Randolph Holder

[NY Daily News]It was the beginning of a sad goodbye. About 40 police officers in crisp blue uniforms smartly saluted as an NYPD honor guard stepped out of the Jeremiah C. Gaffney Funeral Home in Inwood, Long Island into the brisk Tuesday morning air with Police Officer Randolph Holder — their fallen brother — on their shoulders.

The 33-year-old’s casket, draped with a green, white and blue NYPD flag, was carefully placed in an awaiting hearse and taken to the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens, for viewing services.

Holder, a Guyanese immigrant and third-generation cop, was shot and killed last Tuesday night along a pedestrian overpass above the FDR Drive when a gunman opened fire on him and his partner. The suspect, Tyrone Howard, was arrested and charged with murder.

New York City police officers carry the coffin with the remains of slain police officer Randolph Holder
New York City police officers carry the coffin with the remains of slain police officer Randolph Holder

More than a dozen police vehicles — their red and blue lights flashing — joined the funeral procession for the seven-mile trip.

Hundreds of mourners, including Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, are expected to turn out to pay their final respects at Tuesday’s service in Jamaica, which will begin at 9 a.m. and last until 6 p.m.

Pat Cabell, of Brooklyn, cries as the casket of slain New York Police Department officer Randolph Holder arrives at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral on Oct. 27, 2015 in Queens, New York.
Pat Cabell, of Brooklyn, cries as the casket of slain New York Police Department officer Randolph Holder arrives at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral on Oct. 27, 2015 in Queens, New York.

A funeral for the fallen officer will be held at the Greater Allen A. M. E. Cathedral of New York at 3 p.m., Wednesday before his remains are flown to Georgetown, Guyana, where he will be buried.

1 COMMENT

  1. This is what REAL MEN AND WOMAN do,they take a stand to serve and protect us all, the time cockroaches like DK and West dem take finding faults in the GDF they should spend time condemning the cowardly and criminal act like this. WE bleed BLUE and we are all very proud of you officer HOLDER ,our thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends, Gone but we will remember you forever,,,R.I.P great guy

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