GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – Police officers and firefighters escorted Officer Justin Leo’s remains home on Monday afternoon.
The procession down the turnpike started at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office and ended at the funeral home.
Leo was shot and killed Saturday night while responding to what police called a domestic incident on Indiana Avenue.
Despite the rain, hundreds came out Monday to view the procession and pay their respects.
“We’ve lived in Girard most of our life. This is the first time anything this bad has happened down here and it’s really shocking to everyone. We still can’t believe it happened,” B Etheridge said.
“It’s just sad,” Chris Wilson said. “I’m from here. I didn’t personally know him but it’s just sad to see an officer hurt in the line of duty.”
“Not anything, the rain or anything, is going to stop us from showing respect to his family,” Matthew Miles said.
Miles said Leo patrolled his neighborhood often.
“He was just a great kid. It’s a tragic loss and that’s why I’m out here today, to pay my respects to him and his family and everyone that protects us.”
By the time the procession entered Trumbull County, at least 70 members of law enforcement from around the area were waiting.
“It’s just to show his blood family, as well as our law enforcement families, the love and respect we have for each other and this is the least that we can do for our brother,” said Lt. Jeff Greene, with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
They saluted Officer Leo as the car drove by, then they followed him to Blackstone Funeral Home, where friends and family had gathered.
“Regardless of what patch you wear, we’re all brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” Greene said. “To show our gratitude and respect to the ones who have given the ultimate sacrifice.”
There were plenty of firefighters as well, with their ladders up and flags waving.
“It reminds us our town sticks together when there’s really something serious that happens,” Etheridge said.
The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office identified the suspect who shot Leo as Jason Marble. He was killed in an exchange of gunfire with another officer.
Public calling hours will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Covelli Centre. A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29 at Beeghly Center on Youngstown State University’s campus, officiated by the Rev. Msgr. John Zuraw.
Leo will be laid to rest at Tod Homestead Cemetery, following a private committal service.
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