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1,600 attend funeral for Detroit officer hit by speeding SUV

August 20, 2018
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In an undated photo provided by the Detroit Police, Officer Fadi Shukur is shown. Flags will be lowered to half-staff Monday, Aug. 20, 2018 in honor of the police officer who died after being struck by a speeding SUV while assisting with crowd and traffic control at a neighborhood event. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder ordered the lowering for U.S. and Michigan flags at state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of Officer Shukur, who died Wednesday, Aug.15. (Detroit Police via AP)

UTICA, Mich. (AP) — More than 1,600 people have attended the funeral for a Detroit police officer who died after being struck by a speeding SUV.

A requiem Mass for 30-year-old Fadi Shukur at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Utica. He died Aug. 15 from injuries he had suffered 11 days earlier while helping other officers with crowd control near a nightclub on the city’s west side.

The Detroit News reports Detroit Police Chief James Craig described Shukur as a “true American hero.”

Mayor Mike Duggan said officers like Shukur are helping Detroit in its turnaround by reducing crime and making it a “great, safe city.”

A 19-year-old Belleville man is charged in Shukur’s death with second-degree murder and reckless driving causing death.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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