Usually, thousands of people pack Bankers Life Fieldhouse to honor an Indianapolis police officer killed in the line of duty. On Thursday hundreds of squad cars lined the oval of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Officer Breann Leath’s funeral.
She received full honors, despite COVID-19 restrictions.
Leath was 24 years old and comes from a family of law enforcement professionals. She is described as a dedicated public servant and a loving mother.
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says the current situation could not stop the remembrance of her life.
"While a global pandemic may keep us physically separated today," says Hogsett, "the sun rose this morning on a city that has come together as one, united in admiration for our fallen hero."
Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb says Leath was a dedicated officer.
"Following in the footsteps of a family of public servants who have devoted themselves to the greater good," says Holcomb, "but they should not have had to give this much."
After the funeral ceremonies, a procession of family, officers and city leaders made its way through the city before ending at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Leath was shot and killed April 9 responding to a domestic disturbance call.