A morning funeral service was held in Oakwood following a formal procession for 36-year-old Officer Derek Owens.
By-standers gathered at the funeral home to pay silent tribute to Officer Owens, while others offered their silent respects from along the processional route.
Wearing a jacket that said "America" on the back, Oakwood resident Donald Wood, said "I feel proud to be here. Almost like I want to cry. I just want to show my respect for him".
Dozens of police cars escorted the hearse carrying the fallen officer's body to Mt. Zion Church in Oakwood Village. There the procession was met by hundreds of officers from as far away as Toronto, Canada.
Area civic and political leaders were also among those attending the services.
It was the police officers from Cleveland's 4th District who carried their friend from the funeral home to his final roll call today.
Patrolman Derek Owens was cut down in the prime of his life. The memorial service program included two hand drawn pictures sent by his eight year old daughter, Syndi and six year old son, Chandler.
Outside the church, with the snow and sleet framing the dark blue uniforms, hundreds of white gloves were raised by the officers in a heartfelt salute.
Choking back a tear, Cleveland Police Commander Joe Sadie walked out of the service and said that
"Reverand Larry Macon sent us a heck of a message in his eulogy of Derek Owens. This killing is such a waste of a great man and a great life."
Sam Gibson has known Derek for many years. He told Channel 3's Mike O'Mara that "Derek knew everybody loved him. He was a very good guy, very good. I can't even put into words how good of a guy he was. He was special."
Ignoring the freezing cold, the thin blue line of police officers covered both sides of the church driveway. With the bagpipes and color guard leading the way, the somber procession slowly moved past the men and women who share Derek's call to duty and his sacrifice.
Cincinnati Police Officer Michael Donald said he was honored to return to his Cleveland home to say goodbye to Owens.
"I had to come back and show that brotherly love for Derek," said Donald, "because I used to work in the 4th District before I was laid off. It is a privilege to salute him and his family today.
Owens was shot to death Feb. 29 while chasing a man in the southeast Cleveland neighborhood he patrolled for virtually his entire 10 years on the police force.
A 19-year-old suspect was in court Thursday, charged with aggravated murder. A Cleveland Municipal Court judge called Lamidi Kafaru "a danger to the community" and set bail at $5 million. Kafaru remained silent.