The Latest: Procession begins for slain Albuquerque officer

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Posted: Nov 03, 2015 4:26 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest on the memorial service for slain Albuquerque Officer Daniel Webster (all times local):

2:30 p.m.

Thousands of people are lining the streets of Albuquerque as law enforcement officers guide the funeral procession for slain officer Daniel Webster.

People stood with their hands of their hearts on Tuesday, as many held American flags. Others were dressed in blue as the sirens blew while the funeral procession passed through the city.

Some emotional witnesses held signs of support saying they stood "behind the blue line."

Webster, who was 47, died Thursday at a hospital from injuries sustained in a shooting a little more than a week earlier. Police say Webster stopped a man riding a motorcycle with a stolen license plate when the suspect opened fire and fled.

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1:10 p.m.

Silence has come over the packed auditorium where hundreds of people are gathered for a memorial service for slain Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster.

The crowd watched as a group of police officers escorted Webster's casket out of the auditorium Tuesday following an emotional service.

A long procession is expected as mourners make the trip to Vista Verde Memorial Park in nearby Rio Rancho, New Mexico, where Webster will be buried.

Authorities say the procession will stop in front of police headquarters for a final dispatch before heading out of Albuquerque.

Supporters also have gathered along the route, many wearing blue in honor of Webster.

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12:45 p.m.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry says the city's heart is broken over the death of a highly decorated police officer and former Army Ranger who was shot during a traffic stop.

Berry was among the state and local officials honoring Officer Daniel Webster during a memorial service Tuesday.

Berry says the city will never be able to repay Webster or his family for the sacrifice he made in the line of duty. Webster died just over a week after he was shot.

The mayor also says he's proud of the way the city rallied following Webster's shooting, showing that Albuquerque is united and cares about its officers.

White and blue ribbons were tied around trees, light posts and mailboxes across the city in honor of Webster, a nine-year veteran of the police department.

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12:20 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is urging the community to come together in the name of slain Officer Daniel Webster.

A tearful Martinez spoke Tuesday during a memorial service for the decorated Albuquerque police officer, who died from injuries suffered in a shooting that stemmed from an Oct. 21 traffic stop.

His flag-draped coffin sat at the front of the packed auditorium.

Martinez, a former prosecutor and the daughter and wife of law enforcement officers, says she knows what it's like to see a loved one walk out the door and hope they make it home safe every day.

She called Webster a superhero, saying he was a leader who always volunteered for high-priority calls. She says he was willing to put himself in the line of danger.

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12 p.m.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch says slain Albuquerque Officer Daniel Webster led a life marked by unique bravery and uncommon valor.

Lynch sent a letter offering her condolences to the family of the decorated officer. It was read Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Damon Martinez during a packed memorial service for Webster.

Webster, who was 47, died Thursday at a hospital from injuries sustained in a shooting a little more than a week earlier. Police say Webster stopped a man riding a motorcycle with a stolen license plate when the suspect opened fire and fled.

Lynch's letter also highlighted Webster's dedication to public service and his time as an Army paratrooper.