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AM-BRF--Police Funeral,0192 New York City Policeman Mourned

March 19, 1994

NEW YORK (AP) _ About 10,000 police officers, some from as far away as Boston, gathered Saturday for the funeral of a slain officer eulogized as a hero.

They formed a blue sea as a hearse with Sean McDonald’s coffin slowly made its way past the church and stopped. Uniformed pallbearers carefully pulled out the coffin, draped with the American flag, and carried it to the church.

Amid this pageantry, there was also the grief of the slain officer’s family - his widow, Janet; and their children, 3-year-old Sean and 1-year-old Kerry.

″There are no words that will make our pain go away today,″ Rev. Frank Capellupo, the parish priest, said in his homily.

″We need heroes, badly,″ Capellupo said. ″And we are grateful to have had one, even for such a short time.″

Later, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani spoke from the pulpit and told white-gloved officers that the way to express their sorrow was ″by showing the primacy of the law.″ Giuliani also praised the Police Department for its quick arrests of the two men charged with murdering McDonald.