Lt. Shuhandler laid to rest as hundreds gather to mourn

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Lt. Eric Shuhandler's mother, Dara, and daughters Nicole and Meredith By Alicia Barron Lt. Eric Shuhandler's mother, Dara, and daughters Nicole and Meredith By Alicia Barron
Police Chaplain Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz officiated the funeral service. By Jennifer Thomas Police Chaplain Rabbi Robert L. Kravitz officiated the funeral service. By Jennifer Thomas
Shuhandler's mother, Dara, read a poem while the officer's daughters, Nicole and Meredith, stood close by. By Jennifer Thomas Shuhandler's mother, Dara, read a poem while the officer's daughters, Nicole and Meredith, stood close by. By Jennifer Thomas
Gilbert Mayor John Lewis paid tribute to the fallen officer. By Jennifer Thomas Gilbert Mayor John Lewis paid tribute to the fallen officer. By Jennifer Thomas
Gilbert Assistant Town Manager Tami Ryall said Shuhandler had a really big personality and a contagious sense of humor. She said he loved being a cop and was incredibly proud of his daughters. By Jennifer Thomas Gilbert Assistant Town Manager Tami Ryall said Shuhandler had a really big personality and a contagious sense of humor. She said he loved being a cop and was incredibly proud of his daughters. By Jennifer Thomas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Hundreds of Arizona police officers mourned the killing of a Gilbert officer at a gathering in Scottsdale.

Lt. Eric Shuhandler's funeral began at 11 a.m. at WestWorld equestrian center and was followed by a procession to his burial at the Mt. Sinai cemetery in north Phoenix.

Shuhandler's mother, flanked by his two daughters, tearfully read the poem "Funeral Blues" in memory of her son, saying that "he was our North and South, our East and West, our working week, and our Sunday best."

The 42-year-old was shot in the head during a traffic stop last Thursday night. The two suspects in the case then led officers on a wild chase from Mesa to the mining community of Superior, where they were wounded in a gun battle with officers.

Gilbert police say the suspects, 35-year-old Christopher A. Redondo of Globe and 30-year-old Daimen A. Irizarry of Gilbert, remain hospitalized.