HENDERSON, Nev. – The Latest on the funeral of an off-duty Las Vegas police officer who was one of 58 people killed when a gunman fired from a hotel into a crowded outdoor concert on Oct. 1 (all times local):
A funeral procession for an off-duty Las Vegas police officer who was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded open-air concert is heading down Las Vegas Boulevard.
A pickup truck bearing the flag-draped casket of Officer Charleston Hartfield was led by a long row off police motorcycles, with lights flashing, past downtown’s Fremont Street on the more than 5-mile (8 kilometers) trip down the Las Vegas Strip before heading to a church in Henderson.
A small crowd watched from the sidewalk as the motorcade took about 3 minutes to pass. Some saluted.
It will also go by the Mandalay Bay resort and the site of the Oct. 1 massacre, where 58 people were killed and nearly 550 were injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Fallen Las Vegas police officers have been honored with similar processions at least since the February 2006 slaying of Sgt. Henry Prendes by a man wielding an assault rifle as he responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home.
An off-duty Las Vegas police officer who was killed by a gunman shooting from a hotel into a crowded open-air concert will be remembered with church and graveside ceremonies and a funeral procession.
Charleston Hartfield will be honored Friday with a Las Vegas Strip motorcade, a funeral in Henderson and private burial at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.
Hartfield was 34, a married father of two and an 11-year police veteran.
He served in the U.S. Army in Iraq and the Nevada Army National Guard in Las Vegas, and coached youth football in his hometown, Henderson.
Hartfield was one of 58 people killed and nearly 550 injured in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.