GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - Today, family, friends and law enforcement officials paid their respects to a murdered Jefferson Parish deputy.
Visitation for deputy David Michel, Jr. started at 8:30 a.m. in Gretna.
After the visitation, a motorcade left the church and ended up in Westwego. Members of the community, people who knew Deputy David Michel and those who didn't, came out to show their love and support for him, his family and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
"I guess the easiest thing to do today is cry. Quite frankly, the hardest thing is going to be to fight back the emotions, anger being one, which is a wasted emotion quite frankly. We do the right things for the right reasons and that's what we need to focus on in the celebration of Deputy Michelle's life," Sheriff Newell Normand said.
Members of law enforcement from across the country came together today to pay their last respects, including officers from Gulfport, Pascagoula, Harrison county, even Chicago and Memphis.
"Anytime you lose someone in law-enforcement it's like losing a family member. That is why you see the level of support within the law-enforcement community. But you also see a lot of community support and that is encouraging," St. Bernard Parish Sheriff James Pohlmann said.
The New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana State Police, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and all local agencies were also in attendance. Deputy Michel was shot and killed last week at the intersection of Ascot and Manhattan.
The 50-year-old spent nine years with the JPSO, first as a reserve officer and then became full-time in 2013. People who knew the deputy say he was a great guy who loved being a police officer.