Funeral held for fallen Baton Rouge officer

Brad Garafola was 45 years old and leaves behind a wife and four children

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux, III kneels and places his hand on the casket of deputy Brad Garafola, after it was transferred from carriage to hearse, at the scene where Garafola and two Baton Rouge police were killed, in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, July 23, 2016. Several other officers and deputies were injured in the attack. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid J. Gautreaux, III kneels and places his hand on the casket of deputy Brad Garafola, after it was transferred from carriage to hearse, at the scene where Garafola and two Baton Rouge police were killed, in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, July 23, 2016. Several other officers and deputies were injured in the attack. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WKBN) – A funeral was held for Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Garafola Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the Istrouma Baptist Church.

Garafola, along with two other officers, was killed on duty last Sunday in a shootout with Gavin Long, a 29-year-old former U.S. marine from Kansas City, who was also killed in the exchange.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves both were in attendance and delivered eulogies to the fallen officer.

“It’s hard to have hope because such a good man was taken away by an evil man with a sick mind fueled by hatred. It’s completely incomprehensible,” Edwards said.

Garafola was 45 years old and leaves behind a wife and four children.

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