INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — A celebration of life was held Friday for fallen Independence Police Ofc. Blaize Madrid-Evans.
Madrid-Evans, 22, was killed in the line of duty during a gunfight at an Independence residence on Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Law enforcement from across the metro attended the services at the Independence Community of Christ Auditorium.
One woman who lined the procession route said she was there to show her appreciation for the fallen officer.
"I believe we are in a situation where our police officers are really under attack somewhat, so I'm out here to support them," resident Elisa Breitenbch said.
During the more than 60-minute service, Madrid-Evans' mother told those gathered that her son wanted to become a police officer so he could become part of something greater than himself.
Graveside services were held at the nearby Mt. Washington Cemetery.
During the funeral and procession, officers from the Lee's Summit, Blue Springs and Sugar Creek police departments provided service to residents to allow Independence officers to attend.
On Thursday, the public was invited to attend a visitation for Madrid-Evans, which was also held at the church.
This story will be updated throughout the day.