Family, friends, police remember officer slain on 1st shift

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Posted: Mar 01, 2016 3:03 PM
Family, friends, police remember officer slain on 1st shift

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Family, friends and hundreds of law enforcement officers gathered Tuesday to remember a Virginia police officer who was shot and killed on her first day on the job.

A long line of officers in dress uniforms stretched around Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge for the funeral of Prince William County Officer Ashley Guindon.

Mounted officers lined the route to the church, and police dogs and their handlers stood by at the church's entrance, The Washington Post reported.

Bagpipes played and officers saluted the hearse carrying Guindon's body as it pulled up to the church.

Guindon was one of three officers shot Saturday responding to a domestic violence call. The other two officers are expected to survive.

Suspect Ronald Hamilton is jailed facing a capital murder charge and other counts.

Hamilton's wife, Crystal Hamilton, was shot and killed Saturday before police arrived.

At the funeral, retired FBI agent John Kerr showed up in leather and chains with his motorbike, one of several members of the Strength and Honor Motorcycle Club in attendance.

"We wanted them (Guindon's family) to know they are not alone," Kerr told The Post.