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Off-duty officer killed in Vegas shooting to be honored

A funeral was underway on Friday for an off-duty police officer who was among 58 people killed when a gunman opened fire from a high-rise hotel into a crowded outdoor concert in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

Charleston Hartfield was received full departmental honors, including a motorcade on the Las Vegas Strip to Central Christian Church in Henderson, where his funeral was held.

Central Christian Church Pastor Mike Bodine told more than 2,000 people at Hartfield’s funeral that it began: ‘If you’re reading this, then I’ve been called home.’

Along with heartfelt message to his family, it said people should not express sorrow about his passing but ‘enjoy themselves’ and remember him for who he was.

Hartfield’s widow, Veronica, 15-year-old son Ayzayah and nine-year-old daughter Savannah walked behind a police vehicle bearing his coffin as it arrived at the church. Bagpipes played as pallbearers carried it into the crowded church. 

A funeral was underway on Friday for an off-duty police officer who was among 58 people killed when a gunman opened fire from a high-rise hotel into a crowded outdoor concert in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history

Charleston Hartfield was received full departmental honors, including a motorcade on the Las Vegas Strip to Central Christian Church in Henderson, where his funeral was held (Pictured, Veronica Hartfield, comforts her daughter Savannah Hartfield, during her husband's funeral)

Charleston Hartfield was received full departmental honors, including a motorcade on the Las Vegas Strip to Central Christian Church in Henderson, where his funeral was held (Pictured, Veronica Hartfield, comforts her daughter Savannah Hartfield, during her husband’s funeral)

Hartfield, 34, was off-duty when the shooting started at the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music concert, but department officials said he died trying to help others escape

Photos from his Instagram and Facebook feeds show him and his wife, Veronica, pulling funny faces in selfies just hours before chaos broke out (pictured)

Hartfield, 34, was off-duty when the shooting started at the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music concert, but department officials said he died trying to help others escape. Photos from his Instagram and Facebook feeds show him and his wife, Veronica, pulling funny faces in selfies just hours before chaos broke out (right)

A motorcade on the Las Vegas Strip escorts the body of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Charleston Hartfield to his funeral

Prior to the funeral, a block-long police motorcade stopped traffic through downtown and along Las Vegas Boulevard, where people crowded pedestrian bridges beneath casino marquees to catch a sight of Hartfield's coffin (pictured)

Prior to the funeral, a block-long police motorcade stopped traffic through downtown and along Las Vegas Boulevard, where people crowded pedestrian bridges beneath casino marquees to catch a sight of Hartfield’s coffin (pictured)

Some saluted and at least one man wept as a phalanx of more than 50 police motorcycles with lights flashing led a pickup truck bearing the flag-draped casket on a sunny and breezy day that had palm trees waving in the wind. 

Some saluted and at least one man wept as a phalanx of more than 50 police motorcycles with lights flashing led a pickup truck bearing the flag-draped casket on a sunny and breezy day that had palm trees waving in the wind. 

This is the second honor for Hartfield, the first being a candlelight vigil held on October 5 (Pictured, the funeral procession for n Hartfield passes Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday)

This is the second honor for Hartfield, the first being a candlelight vigil held on October 5 (Pictured, the funeral procession for n Hartfield passes Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday)

Hartfield's widow, Veronica (center), 15-year-old son Ayzayah (left) and nine-year-old daughter Savannah (right) walked behind a police vehicle bearing his coffin as it arrived at the church. Bagpipes played as pallbearers carried it into the crowded church

Hartfield’s widow, Veronica (center), 15-year-old son Ayzayah (left) and nine-year-old daughter Savannah (right) walked behind a police vehicle bearing his coffin as it arrived at the church. Bagpipes played as pallbearers carried it into the crowded church

Carl Hartfield Jr (right) and Denita Oyeka (left), Hartfield's siblings, speak during their brother's funeral on Friday

Carl Hartfield Jr (right) and Denita Oyeka (left), Hartfield’s siblings, speak during their brother’s funeral on Friday

Central Christian Church Pastor Mike Bodine told more than 2,000 people at Hartfield's funeral that it began: 'If you're reading this, then I've been called home' (Pictured, pallbearers carry the Hartfield's casket on Friday)

Central Christian Church Pastor Mike Bodine told more than 2,000 people at Hartfield’s funeral that it began: ‘If you’re reading this, then I’ve been called home’ (Pictured, pallbearers carry the Hartfield’s casket on Friday)

Hartfield, 34, was off-duty when the shooting started at the Route 91 Harvest Festival country music concert, but department officials said he died trying to help others escape.

Photos from his Instagram and Facebook feeds show him and his wife, Veronica, pulling funny faces in selfies just hours before chaos broke out. 

He was an 11-year police veteran who served in the US Army in Iraq and the Nevada Army National Guard. He worked in recent years as an instructor in the police body-camera deployment program and coached youth football in his hometown of Henderson.

Hartfield recently authored a book about life as a police officer, called ‘Memoirs Of A Public Servant.’

His was the first police officer killed in Las Vegas since Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo were shot to death while eating at a pizza shop in June 2014 by a man and a woman who later died during a shootout with officers at a Walmart.

Hartfield  was an 11-year police veteran who served in the US Army in Iraq and the Nevada Army National Guard (pictured)

Hartfield  was an 11-year police veteran who served in the US Army in Iraq and the Nevada Army National Guard (pictured)

Veronica comforts her daughter, Savannah, during a funeral for Charleston Hartfield on Friday

Veronica comforts her daughter, Savannah, during a funeral for Charleston Hartfield on Friday

Along with heartfelt message to his family, the pastor's message said people should not express sorrow about his passing but 'enjoy themselves' and remember him for who he was

Along with heartfelt message to his family, the pastor’s message said people should not express sorrow about his passing but ‘enjoy themselves’ and remember him for who he was

Pallbearers guide the casket of  Hartfield during his funeral on Friday at Central Christian Church in Henderson

Pallbearers guide the casket of Hartfield during his funeral on Friday at Central Christian Church in Henderson

The motorcade on the Las Vegas Strip escorts the body of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Charleston Hartfield

The motorcade on the Las Vegas Strip escorts the body of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Charleston Hartfield

Officer Charleston Hartfield was killed on October 1, 2017, during the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd killing 58 people and injuring more than 500

Officer Charleston Hartfield was killed on October 1, 2017, during the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival when Stephen Paddock opened fire on the crowd killing 58 people and injuring more than 500

Prior to the funeral, a block-long police motorcade stopped traffic through downtown and along Las Vegas Boulevard, where people crowded pedestrian bridges beneath casino marquees to catch a sight of Hartfield’s coffin.

Some saluted and at least one man wept as a phalanx of more than 50 police motorcycles with lights flashing led a pickup truck bearing the flag-draped casket on a sunny and breezy day that had palm trees waving in the wind.

Fallen Las Vegas police officers have been honored with processions on the Strip at least since the February 2006 on-duty slaying of Sgt. Henry Prendes, who responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home and was killed by a man wielding an assault rifle.

On October 5, thousands also gathered to honor Hartfield in a candle-light vigil.

Veronica , Ayzayah and Savannah all wept – as did several of Hartfield’s colleagues – during the ceremony, which was held at the city’s Police Memorial Park.

Fallen Las Vegas police officers have been honored with processions on the Strip at least since the February 2006 on-duty slaying of Sgt Henry Prendes (Pictured, the funeral procession for Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield passes the Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday)

Fallen Las Vegas police officers have been honored with processions on the Strip at least since the February 2006 on-duty slaying of Sgt Henry Prendes (Pictured, the funeral procession for Las Vegas police officer Charleston Hartfield passes the Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip on Friday)

‘He was just a great individual, a positive individual,’ said Troy Rhett, a longtime family friend, according to NBC News.

‘He was dependable. You meet certain people in life who are all of those things and that’s who Charles was for the community. He was the best of what we had all wrapped into one.’

One story told at the event was how Hartfield had made a homecoming party for a family friend’s niece, who was too sick with chemotherapy treatments to attend her own high school event.

He also took her to his barber to get a haircut when she started losing hair.

‘The healing process may take a long time but I know it’s something that we can start, and hopefully his family will be able to rebound from this,’ Rhett said.

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