Final Farewell for Slain Officer Patrick McDonald
Cardinal Justin Rigali led solemn funeral services on Tuesday for slain Philadelphia police officer Patrick McDonald, who was shot and killed last week in the line of duty.
Early Tuesday morning a horse-drawn caisson carrying the body of the slain officer was escorted from police headquarters at 7th and Race Streets to the cathedral.
The solemn procession was led by police cars, lights flashing. A motorcycle bearing the officer’s name preceded the caisson, and a riderless horse -- boots backward in the stirrups -- followed behind.
On foot were police commissioner Charles Ramsey and mayor Michael Nutter, who talked about community support:
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