Friends, Family Say Goodbye to Fallen Officer

A private viewing and funeral service was held Monday morning. Officer Walker was then laid to rest at Fernwood Cemetery in Lansdowne, Pa.

By Monique Braxton, Marisa Brahney and David Chang
|  Monday, Aug 27, 2012  |  Updated 8:39 PM EDT
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Officers, friends and family paid their final respects to Officer Moses Walker Jr. on Monday. NBC10's Marisa Brahney was there as the city remembered another officer who's life was taken.

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Officers, friends and family paid their final respects to Officer Moses Walker Jr. on Monday. NBC10's Marisa Brahney was there as the city remembered another officer who's life was taken.

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Fellow Officers Pay Last Respects to Officer Walker

Police officers from all over the region lined up in the rain outside the North Philadelphia church where a viewing and funeral service was being held for Officer Moses Walker, Jr. NBC10's Tim Furlong reports that the police department hopes to bring the second suspect in his murder back to Philadelphia to be charged by Monday afternoon.

Officer Walker to Be Laid to Rest Monday

A private viewing and funeral service will be held Monday morning. Officer Walker will then be laid to rest at Fernwood Cemetery in Lansdowne, Pa. NBC10's Tim Furlong reports that Philadelphia detectives are in Alabama, working to bring the second suspect in the officer's murder back to the city.
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Hundreds of police officers, family and friends gathered during the funeral service for fallen police officer Moses Walker Jr. on Monday. A private viewing took place from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. and was then followed by funeral services at the Deliverance Evangelistic Church in North Philadelphia.

During the service, Walker was described as spiritual, friendly and a strong leader.

"If I had to pick one quality out of the many it would have to be his positive attitude and outlook on life," said his brother William Walker. "Just unbelievable. So Moses, I would like to say to you, job well done."

Many who didn't even know the fallen officer were compelled to come out to pay tribute. John Sullivan, high school football coach of the Dobbins Mustangs, took his team to the funeral.

"We just wanted them to recognize these are the real heroes, the people who give their lives to protect us and make sure we're safe," said Sullivan. "We wanted to just stop practice for a minute and pay respect."

"So many people have come out to say such wonderful things about him and show their love and respect for him and for what he stood for," said Dorothy Johnson-Speight of Mothers in Charge.

It was an especially difficult day for Walker's fellow officers in the 22nd District.

"People are devastated," said Police Captain Roland Lee. "Particularly those that worked with him."

Mayor Michael Nutter's words during the funeral service alternated between sadness and anger.

"I'm sick of the ignorance," said Mayor Nutter. "I'm sick of the violence. I'm sick of the death and destruction. I'm sick of it!" 

"He was a true man of God that the city is going to miss," said Pastor Glen Spaulding of Deliverance Evangelistic.

Walker was laid to rest at Fernwood Cemetery in Lansdowne, Pa.

A second suspect wanted in Walker's death was arrested Sunday.

Chancier McFarland, 19, was taken into police custody in Montgomery, Alabama. Police say McFarland notified authorities there and surrendered around 5:50 p.m. on Sunday. McFarland returned to Philadelphia on Monday and was taken from the airport to police headquarters.

Chancier McFarland

Rafael Jones, 23, was charged Friday morning with Walker's murder. He is in custody already and police say he is the gunman.

Walker, 40, was shot to death early Saturday morning, August 18, on his way home from work. He was walking to a bus stop at 20th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia. Walker was a 19-year veteran of the force and worked in the 22nd District.

Since 2006, Philadelphia Police have mourned a dozen of their own. Officers from the 22nd district where Walker was last assigned lead the way.


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