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JPD Det. Eric Smith laid to rest

Officers salute the casket of Det. Eric Smith at the cemetery Officers salute the casket of Det. Eric Smith at the cemetery
Family member being comforted during funeral service of Det. Smith Family member being comforted during funeral service of Det. Smith
At the funeral service of Det. Eric Smith on the JSU campus At the funeral service of Det. Eric Smith on the JSU campus
This officer came from New York for the service of Smith This officer came from New York for the service of Smith
Some family entering the service of Det. Smith Some family entering the service of Det. Smith
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Today marked the beginning of healing for Detective Eric Smith's family and for the JPD family.

"It's a testament to Detective Smith's life and his legacy as a police officer," said JPD Police Chief, Rebecca Coleman.

The funeral service resembled a church service with songs of praise, but there were also funny stories about Smith.

Even his beloved New Orleans Saints found a way to honor the slain officer.

Hundreds of law enforcement came to pay their respects to the man known as one of JPD's best.

Officers are far away as Chicago, New York, Florida and our neighboring state of Alabama, came to remember their brother in blue.

Dexter McLaurin was on the force with Smith. He came back from South Florida to attend the services.

"We remained friends during the time I was there. We still stayed in contact with one another. So, I came here to show my respect. It's a tragic loss for all of us.

Smith was an 18 year veteran who had a true passion and commitment for his job.

For some it's tough to see, but many believe there are lessons to learn from the tragedy that took the life of a public servant in the line of duty.

"You can't take anything for granted. You know, life itself. Everyday that you have an opportunity to be on this earth and intermingle with people, you should take advantage of that. Folks should be sincere with the way they deal with folks. If you can help somebody, help them. That's the lesson that I think is learned. Eric spent his life helping people. Folks who have been victimized by crime," said JPD Asst. Police Chief Lee Vance.

Even at the cemetery, residents lined the streets.

Many say there's an unspoken bond between the community and police, although it's rarely talked about.

 Bobby Moore, a neighbor of Smith's said, " Out of respect and shows we actually can come together at times when we need to."

Smith leaves behind a wife, who is a Sergeant at JPD, two sons, two step-daughters, and a step-son, along with his parents.

There will be a fundraiser next Sunday for the Smith family.

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