[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.
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.
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.