Fallen officer laid to rest

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX – Family, friends and fellow officers gathered Wednesday to say their final farewells to a Phoenix police officer who was killed in the line of duty a week ago.

Hundreds attended the funeral service for Officer Travis Murphy Wednesday morning at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria.

Murphy will be remembered as a friend, a father, a husband and a hero.

His fellow officers said he was the definition of a hero and showed the same level of dedication to his job as he did to his family.

His wife said she will never let their young daughter and son forget how great their daddy was.

Following the funeral service, a procession led Murphy's casket to Phoenix Memorial Park Cemetery. Along the way, hundreds of people lined the streets to pay their respects.

Murphy's last call went out as he was laid to rest.

Murphy was killed during a confrontation with accused gunman Danny Martinez near 19th Avenue and Indian School Road May 26.

The murder left his two children, Kaley, 2, and Cody, now 3 weeks old, without a dad and left his wife, Danielle, a widow.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the 100 Club of Arizona in Murphy's honor.

A memorial fund for his children has been set up in his name at Wells Fargo Bank.