NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Friends and family are preparing to lay slain NOPD officer Daryle Holloway to rest. The 22-year veteran was murdered over the weekend while in the line of duty. Investigators say Travis Boys shot and killed Holloway while being taken to Central Lockup. Holloway's alma mater, St. Augustine High School, is taking the news hard.
"That big smile on his face, he just was always a happy guy particularly here he was just proud to be a representative of St. Augustine High School," said St. Augustine principal Sean Goodwin.
Holloway graduated from St. Augustine in 1988. Over the years he became a big part of their alumni program often volunteering his time to help students and, we're told he never missed a chance to see the purple knights in action.
"Football games, basketball games, parades - he just made himself available all the time," Goodwin said. "Whenever we needed him, he was always a phone call away, it didn't matter the time of day - day, night - it didn't matter. He was just here, he just loved his alum."
Now, the school family he leaves behind is grieving the loss of a big personality with an even bigger heart.
"We all are grieving right now with the loss of a beloved brother such as Daryle Holloway," Goodwin said.
While Holloway's friends at St. Augustine are praying for his family, they're also honoring the officer's memory. Goodwin says alumni are working on a special memorial for a beloved man who gave so much.
"He was committed to St. Augustine High School, he was committed to the city of New Orleans and committed to the community to make things better," Goodwin said.
The St. Augustine color guards will be a part of Holloway's funeral this weekend. Holloway will be laid to rest Saturday at St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Saint Maria Goretti Church on Crowder Boulevard. The funeral will follow.