Hundreds pay respects to slain California police officer

Nov 30, 2015 12:22 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hundreds have turned out for the funeral of a Southern California officer who was fatally shot in a parking lot next to his department's headquarters.

Mourners are gathered Monday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles to remember 29-year-old Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez.

He was shot to death near the suburban Downey Police Department on Nov. 18 in what authorities believe was a botched robbery attempt.

On Sunday, hundreds attended a vigil and rosary service at the Downey Civic Center to pay their respects to the slain officer.

Galvez was a dog trainer for his department's K-9 unit. Eight dogs were brought to the service, where their leashes were removed and tied to Galvez's casket.

Three suspects have been arrested and charged with murder.

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