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Update at 1 p.m.: In the just-concluded funeral service, slain Springfield Officer Kevin Ambrose was remembered by thousands as "a family man of faith," according to the Associated Press.
The wire service reports on the homily:
"Kevin's life and his charismatic personality and charm touched the hearts of all of us here today and so many other people that he encountered over the years. Kevin's energy and spirit fills this church and all of our hearts this morning," the Rev. Joseph Sorrano, Ambrose's pastor from St. Cecilia's Parish in Wilbraham, said in the homily.
He later added: "Kevin built his life and reputation on five important pillars: faith, family, friends, service and fun. In each of those areas, he was a success."
The Springfield Republican has the service's complete homily and liturgy in its report.
The Springfield Police Department estimated that 6,000 officers from around the country marched to the church ahead. The church, Springfield's St. Catherine of Siena Church, was packed for the service, and mourners included Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. Scott Brown and Rep. Richard Neal, according to the AP.
The funeral service for Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose, who was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call on Monday, is now under way.
(Watch video of the service above, courtesy of NECN.)
His funeral is at St. Catherine of Siena church in Springfield. Gov. Deval Patrick and police from various states are among the thousands of mourners expected to attend.
Ambrose, a 36-year veteran of the Springfield Police Department, leaves behind a wife, two children and a grandchild. The Springfield Republican has more Ambrose coverage, including reports on his wake Thursday.
There is also another funeral for a Massachusetts police officer today.
Sean Cooney, a part-time officer in Rutland, died while visiting Indianapolis for the funeral of a friend last week. His death remains under investigation, according to the Associated Press.
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