Watch: Thousands Show Up for Fallen NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller’s Funeral

Watch: Thousands Show Up for Fallen NYPD Officer Jonathan Diller’s Funeral

Thousands of police officers, along with civilian men, women and children were present Saturday for the funeral of slain New York City police officer Jonathan Diller.

The funeral took place at St. Rose of Lima Church in Massapequa, Long Island, and was preceded by a two-day wake at the same location, which also saw significant crowds.

The wake was attended by former President Donald Trump and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Colin Rugg, co-owner of the website Trending Politics,  published video on the social media platform X showing the throngs of mourners, including uniformed of law enforcement personnel, gathered for Diller’s funeral. Some had made the journey from locations as distant as Toronto and Miami to honor him.

Diller’s life was tragically cut short Monday when he was fatally shot during a street encounter in the Queens borough of New York.

The suspect in his killing is Guy Rivera, 34, an ex-con with 21 arrests in his record, according to the New York Post.

Rivera allegedly shot Diller in his torso — below the officer’s protective vest — during a traffic check Diller and his partner were conducting of a vehicle that was idling in an illegal spot.

Rivera, who was a passenger in the vehicle, is being held without bail.

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Officer Veckash Khedna, Diller’s partner, retaliated by shooting Rivera, who survived the encounter and was indicted for first-degree murder on Thursday.

Lindy Jones, 41, an ex-con who was driving the vehicle faces firearms charges after an illegal 9mm pistol, with its serial number scratched off, was found in the car’s glove compartment, according to the New York cable news channel NY1.

The New York Times reported that the road in front of the church was lined with thousands of law enforcement officials, along with children holding up signs showing support for law enforcement ahead of the arrival of Diller’s hearse.

A solitary bagpiper performed at the entrance of the church, accompanied by the sound of police helicopters overhead.

Stephanie Diller, the slain officer’s widow, cradled their 1-year-old son, Ryan in her arms.

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“Nothing compared to his best role of all, being a dad,” Diller said. “Jonathan always wanted to be a dad and he wasted no time being the greatest one.”


This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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