Hundreds turn out for funeral of slain Philly officer [updated]

    Hundreds of mourners braved the rain to pay tribute to Philadelphia Police Officer Moses Walker.

    They came to Deliverance Evangelistic Church in North Philadelphia to pay final respects to the officer who was slain just over a week ago. 

    Police officers from throughout the region came, including a delegation of about 40 from the New Jersey State Police. Police were pleased a second suspect is in custody on the slaying.

    John McNesby, head of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 5, said there needs to be more help to keep the streets safe.

    Walker was fatally shot around 6 a.m. on August 18 as he walked home from work in his civilian clothes. Investigators say two men followed Walker, then pulled a gun and announced a robbery. Walker drew his service weapon but was shot three times before he could return fire.

    Police have charged two men in Walker’s killing, including one man who turned himself over to the FBI in Montgomery, Ala., On Sunday.

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