Thousands turn out for funeral, procession of fallen APD officer

Thousand of police officers from across the nation and members of the public came together for the funeral service of Austin Police Department senior officer Jaime Padron. Those who were unable to attend began lining the processional route along Interstate 35 and Ben White Boulevard to show support.

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  1. The funeral service included speeches from APD senior chaplain Rick Randall, Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Police Chief Art Acevedo, who praised Padron for his service. Officer Rahim Kidd, a close friend of Padron, spoke about the slain officer.
  2. Acevedo thanked the two Wal-Mart managers who subdued the shooting suspect 24-year-old Brandon Montgomery Daniel, who remains jailed on a charge of capital murder.
  3. Acevedo spoke in Spanish at times during the service, telling the family that Padron died with people who knew him.
  4. Outside the church, people began lining the procession route early. Many had American flags and some carried yellow balloons.
  5. Employees of the Wal-Mart on I-35 and Parmer Lane, where officer Padron was killed, waited for the procession to drive by outside.
  6. The last vehicle left Shoreline Church around 3:13 p.m., according to Statesman reporters. Estimates put the procession line at about 18 miles long.
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