More than 1,000 attend funeral for Chandler officer

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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- More than 1,000 people turned out to say goodbye to Chandler Police Officer David Payne Saturday morning.

It was the department’s second funeral in less than a week. Officer Bryant Holmes was on his way to work on Oct. 28 when he was struck and killed by a red-light runner, according to police.

There were tearful moments at Payne's funeral service as friends talked about how important his family was to him.

"The most important part in his life was his family: Corina, Austin, mom and dad, and he talked about different milestones with Austin and Corina and shared pictures,” said his friend, Sgt. First Class Candice Gehring.

Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan said he always saw Payne with a smile and recognized his work ethic.

"He loved being a police officer," said Chief Duggan. "David was dedicated to serving and protecting."

Payne was laid to rest at the Valley of the Sun cemetery.

The driver of the vehicle that hit Payne on Oct. 31 was identified as Brian Yazzie. Court records say he had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit when he struck Payne's motorcycle at a traffic light.

Yazzie was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident with a death.


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