Yesterday, police officer Dillon Stewart, who had been shot and killed last week, was buried as over 20,000 fellow officers and 1,500 other friends attended his Brooklyn funeral services. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said, "Dillon wouldn't quit. He was not a quitter....He was a hero to New York City and a gift to all of us." There are heartbreaking images of Stewart's widow Leslyn and their two daughters, ages six years and five months, at the funeral as well; Mayor Bloomberg told them, "From now on, we will always be there for you." And there was a sweet anecdote from a colleague:
Officer Alton Walker, a friend, recalled in his eulogy a story the Jamaica-born Stewart had told him about moving to New York as a boy. On his first day in his Brooklyn apartment, Stewart thought it was a mansion, and didn't realize he shared the building with others until he visited the upper floors, Walker said.
"Dillon, as I stand here before you, I know you're in the mansion you thought of," Walker said.
The funeral procession, which included police officers from across the country, continued onto a cemetery in Melville. The Daily News' Michael Daly wrote about the day.
Stewart's death has also raised questions about stricter gun laws and bringing back the death penalty in NY political circles.