Police funeral for Toronto cop Andrew Hong announced with very long procession
Toronto Police Service has announced the details of Constable Andrew Hong's funeral and procession four days after the officer was shot and killed in a Mississauga Tim Hortons.
In collaboration with Hong's family, a funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Toronto Congress Centre, North Building.
Members are of the public are invited to observe the funeral process which will start at the Kane-Jerret Funeral home and travel to the Congress Centre.
"While we appreciate the public's support, the funeral is not open to the public, but will include other police services and emergency service personnel," read a release from police.
Details for the procession route have yet to be announced. Media are not allowed to attend the funeral home but can stand outside.
Public visions for Cst. Hong are not open to the public at all and are reserved for family members and officers.
It is asked that the media does not approach Hong's family or any police officers during either the funeral or procession.
Premier Doug Ford will attend the funeral and I'm assuming Mayor John Tory as well.
"Broadcast information and further details about the funeral and procession route will be provided to the media and public in the coming days, including confirmation of pool media and staging for the day."
A book of condolences is available for the public to sign at TPS headquarters and traffic services.
A procession already took place on Monday evening with hundreds of police vehicles illuminating the way, following Hong's body from Mississauga to the coroner's office.
The 48-year-old was shot at close range on Monday in what police are calling an unprovoked ambush. The officer was in Mississauga for a training exercise with other officers.
Details released from Peel Police on Thursday confirmed Hong was buying coffee for his colleagues on lunch break when he was shot and killed.
Police believe Hong was targeted specifically for being a police officer and that the suspect waited over two hours at the restaurant prior to Hong's death.
The grief can still be felt throughout the city as condolences and tributes continue to flow in. One particularly heartbreaking letter came from Hong's daughter, Mia.
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