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Thousands turn out for procession and funeral of fallen Toronto cop Andrew Hong

Nine days after 48-year-old Toronto Police Constable Andrew Hong was killed in the line of duty, thousands have turned out to his funeral and procession.

Around 9:45 a.m. this morning, police members from across the province started marching towards the Toronto Congress Centre, ahead of Hong's casket arriving.

The scene right now outside the centre has brought thousands of mourners, including some members of the public.

A livestream of the event from the OPP Highway Safety Division has captured the hour-long procession, showing hundreds of police motorcycles.

A casket holding Hong's body just recently arrived at the TCC, for a private service, which is closed off to the public.

Officers from Peel Regional Police, York Regional Police and even some from the Buffalo force have partaken in today's procession.

Overhead shots are truly breath-taking, showing rows and rows of officers lining up and down the street.

The procession is expected to see over 10,000 officers attend, including mounted and motorcade units.

The journey started early this morning as Hong's body left the Kane-Jarret Funeral Home and headed some 22 kilometres to the TCC.

Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory are expected to be in attendance today, among other high-ranking police officers.

The 22-year veteran of the force was shot and killed last Monday at a GTA Tim Hortons, in what police have called an "unprovoked" incident. One other person in the area was also shot and received life-altering injuries.

Following this atrocious event, the alleged suspect went on to shoot three more people, resulting in the death of two, before he died following an "interaction" with Hamilton Police.

Motive for this horrendous shooting spree has yet to be determined, but police say Hong was targeted for being in his uniform.

In the days since his death, thousands of messages of condolences have been forwarded to his family.

An especially tear-jerking tribute from Hong's daughter, Mia, showcased the intense grief his family is in.

Lead photo by

Toronto Police Service

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