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Mourners pay tribute to slain Baltimore Police Officer Keona Holley – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Relatives and colleagues paid tribute on Tuesday to Keona Holley, the Baltimore police officer who died last month after being shot while on duty.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Baltimore Convention Center for a service to mourn the loss of Officer Holley and to remember a life that was tragically cut short.

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Holley, 39, a mother of four, was buried Tuesday afternoon at King Memorial Park.

In a statement, Holley’s family expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support in their time of mourning from the police department and the community as a whole.

“While his fellow officers are suffering, they have never left us since the incident of December 16, 2021, and they are still with us today,” the family statement read in part.

Governor Larry Hogan, Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Lt. Curtis Worthy were among those who spoke at Tuesday’s service.

Holley, a two-year veteran of the police service, was doing voluntary overtime around 1:30 a.m. on December 16 when she was shot dead in the Curtis Bay neighborhood of Baltimore.

She was rushed to Shock Trauma, where she remained in the intensive care unit until she was removed from the resuscitation system a week later.

Two men arrested a day after the shooting are still in detention awaiting trial.

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Even though she was relatively new to the force, those who got to know Holley said it didn’t take long for her to impress the community she served.

“When you lose someone like that, it’s just that it’s a loss for the city because you can’t replace that kind of person,” said Jamie Larounis. “They are irreplaceable.

Police officers from top to bottom of the East Coast marched to the convention center on Tuesday to honor an official who made the ultimate sacrifice. Outside, citizens were watching in the cold, including a man who said his daughter was also an officer.

“She reminds me of my daughter,” the man told WJZ. “I really can’t let this get me that she’s gone.”

Holley is survived by her husband and four children, among many other loved ones.

A product of the City of Baltimore Public Schools, Holley is a graduate of Edmondson Westside High School. Subsequently, she attended Catonsville Community College, where she obtained her nursing certifications from CNA and GNA.

After working for several years in public hospitals, she decided to pursue her dream of joining the Baltimore Police Department. She was only in the police force two years before her life was taken from her.

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“God called his angel Kee Kee into his home, but we are committed to Kee Kee’s dream of building a safer and stronger community for all residents, children and mothers of Baltimore,” his family said.


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