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Police cars form procession for slain Boulder cop Eric Talley


Hundreds of police cars form memorial procession for slain Boulder cop Eric Talley, 51, who was shot dead trying to save victims in grocery store massacre

  • A police guard procession is underway in Colorado for Boulder police officer Eric Talley who was gunned down in last week’s grocery store massacre 
  • The public memorial service for the slain officer is being held today at Flatirons Community Church in Boulder 
  • The procession of hundreds of police cars and other emergency service vehicles started in Thornton before making the 25 mile journey to Boulder 
  • The 51-year-old father-of-seven was among the 10 people shot dead when a gunman opened fire at the King Soopers store in Boulder on March 22

The slain Colorado police officer credited with preventing more people from being killed in the Boulder grocery store massacre is being honored at a memorial service today before being laid to rest. 

More than 500 law enforcement vehicles took part in a procession that escorted the hearse carrying Officer Eric Talley’s body to the service at Flatirons Community Church in the city of Lafayette. 

A line of officers waited for Talley’s casket to arrive before his family followed it inside the church escorted by police.

The large church is about 10 miles east of Boulder where the 51-year-old officer and nine other people were killed after a gunman opened fire at at the King Soopers store on March 22. 

The service is open to the public, but attendance in the church’s auditorium, which normally holds up to 4,200 people, is restricted because of COVID-19.  

More than 500 law enforcement vehicles took part in a procession that escorted the hearse carrying Officer Eric Talley’s body to the service at Flatirons Community Church in the city of Lafayette 

A line of officers waited for Talley's casket to arrive before his family followed it inside the church escorted by police

A line of officers waited for Talley’s casket to arrive before his family followed it inside the church escorted by police

It comes one day after Talley’s funeral mass was held in Denver.

Talleywas among the 10 people shot dead when gunman Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, opened fire at the King Soopers store in Boulder on March 22.

According to police, officers arrived at the store one minute and 40 seconds after being alerted to the shooting. 

The 51-year-old father-of-seven was among the 10 people shot dead when gunman Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, opened fire at the King Soopers store in Boulder on March 22

The 51-year-old father-of-seven was among the 10 people shot dead when gunman Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, opened fire at the King Soopers store in Boulder on March 22

They said Talley led an initial team of officers inside within 30 seconds of arriving and the suspect shot at the officers, killing Talley. 

Nine other people, including customers and workers, were also killed. 

Alissa, who was wounded in the leg during an exchange of shots with police, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder for firing at another officer.

During Talley’s funeral service, Denver’s archbishop Samuel Aquila said the officer had sacrificed his life and showed what is best about police. 

‘Jesus has told us, greater love than this no man has than to lay down his life and Eric lived that,’ he said.  

Aquila offered his prayers and condolences for Talley’s family, which include his wife and seven children. 

He also said he would pray for the protection of police, who are too often ‘taken for granted.’

‘For too often, you are are taken for granted and yet in situations like this, you are the ones who protect human life,’ Aquila said. 

The procession of dozens police cars and other emergency service vehicles started in Thornton before making the 25 mile journey to Boulder

The procession of dozens police cars and other emergency service vehicles started in Thornton before making the 25 mile journey to Boulder

Motorcycle officers from various departments lead the procession for the hearse carrying the body of fallen Boulder

Motorcycle officers from various departments lead the procession for the hearse carrying the body of fallen Boulder

A man reacts while watching a procession of police vehicles approaching the memorial service for slain Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley on Tuesday

A man reacts while watching a procession of police vehicles approaching the memorial service for slain Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley on Tuesday

A group of children hold flags and signs as the procession for Talley drove past on Tuesday

A group of children hold flags and signs as the procession for Talley drove past on Tuesday 

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