Holloway visitation marked by laughter, tears as hundreds pay their respects

Holloway visitation marked by laughter, tears as hundreds pay their respects

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Ceremonies commemorating fallen New Orleans officer Darrell Holloway started Friday with a visitation in Central City. Police say Holloway was shot and killed June 20 while transporting a prisoner.

The doors opened at 3 p.m. at Rhodes Funeral Home on Washington Avenue, and hundreds of people showed up to pay their respects. While some family members remained into the early evening, Holloway's immediate family, including his mother and daughters, left, saying it was too difficult to be there.

The mourners included fellow officers and friends, as well as District Attorney Kenneth Polite, who grew up across the street from Holloway.

Holloway was a 22-year-veteran of the NOPD, part of the Fifth District in the Lower Ninth Ward.

People who knew him say he was just someone that everyone enjoyed being around.

"I've been to his house a few times for crawfish boils, and he was the one boiling the crawfish and laughing and cutting up," said friend Goldie Hugeunel. "Just a nice guy. It's a loss to his family, it's a loss to the city - believe me, he was just a good cop."

"He was a very good man," said Oliver Fletcher. "They don't come like him no more. He did his job well and he was a people's person. Ain't nothing I can say bad about him - nothing at all. A very good person."

For the past two days, there's been a police cruiser in front of the district building that is draped in black in Holloway's honor, and there's a sign on the side of the building with the words "We love you."

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