NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - One week after his tragic murder, Officer Daryle Holloway is remembered as a man who strived to make a difference in the community. Friends, family and fellow officers, were moved to tears Saturday, as they honored the man who gave his life for the job.
At St. Maria Goretti Church Saturday morning, the crowd so large, hundreds stood outside, missing the mass. They waited, for the opportunity to salute Daryle Holloway's casket as it was carried from the church. "It's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life," Holloway's cousin, Eric Belfield, said.
"Even in Daryle's death, he brought the community together, someone who touched and affected so many people so positively," NOPD Supt. Michael Harrison commented.
Holloway was shot in his patrol car last Saturday as he transported Travis Boys to central lockup. Police say Boys was able to bring a gun into the squad car, and fatally wounded Holloway.
"My hearts just broken today, on behalf of the entire city, we just weep because of the senseless tragic killing of someone so special to our city," mourner Valerie Waller said.
Katrina Guidry adds, "It's been very difficult because I never imagined my friend, losing him like this, never, ever."
Police officers from around the country converged on New Orleans, helping to usher Holloway's body to St. Louis Cemetery number three.
The motorcade drove by the NOPD's Fifth District station where Holloway was based, passing by New Orleanians who gathered to pay their respects. At his final resting place, a 21-gun salute honored the 22-year veteran, while his family was given an American flag. Supt. Harrison says the department will forever stand by Holloway's family, including his three young children. "We will guide them and comfort them and mentor them," Harrison said.
Overcome with emotion, some officers wiped away tears while standing at attention, watching their comrade, and friend, being laid to rest. Eric Belfield says the day was a fitting farewell to a man so loved. Belfield explains, "To see a family member go away as a true hero it was well deserved but we would all give it back to have him."
A life taken too soon leaving a deep wound that may never be healed.
Daryle Holloway was 45 years old. Travis Boys is being held without bond on a first degree murder charge.