NEW YORK (AP) – Hundreds of police officers lined Fifth Avenue in Manhattan Monday for a farewell salute to a former colleague who was gunned down in Texas.
David Hofer, an officer in Euless, was celebrated Monday at a memorial Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Several thousand mourners – including NYPD officers in dress uniform – prayed before his cremated remains.
The 29-year-old Brooklyn native was killed last Tuesday while responding to reports of shots fired in a Euless park. As he and his partner approached, the gunman opened fire, mortally wounding Hofer. His partner returned fire, killing the man.
Hofer spent five years working in New York’s Ninth Precinct in the East Village.
He moved to Texas two years ago.