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Edmonton Says Final Goodbye To Const. Daniel Woodall

06/17/2015 12:50 EDT | Updated 06/17/2015 12:50 EDT

The funeral procession for Const. Daniel Woodall was a sea of blue Wednesday morning, as thousands of officers from across Alberta, Canada, North America and the UK marched through Edmonton streets.

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(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)


daniel woodall funeral

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

daniel woodall funeral

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)



The 35-year-old city officer was killed last week while trying to serve an arrest warrant to a man suspected of the anti-Semitic bullying of an Edmonton family.

Norman Raddatz fired dozens of shots through his front door, killing Woodall and wounding another officer, before shooting himself.

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Woodall came to the Edmonton Police Service in 2007 after serving four years with the force in Manchester, England.






Across the city, thousands paid their respects.

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(An officer is hugged by a pedestrian before the funeral procession for slain police officer Const. Daniel Woodall, in Edmonton, Alta., on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)





Blue ribbons were tied to trees and lamps along the route — just as they have been in many neighbourhoods since Woodall was slain on June 8.




Const. Woodall's sons and wife watched from the side of the procession route.


"There are really no words great enough to express my love and gratitude to the city of Edmonton. You have shown so much love and support to myself, my family, and all first responders," Woodall's widow, Clair, said in a statement issued before the funeral.

"We will be forever grateful. I am lucky to call Edmonton my home."

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(A crowd lines the street with Canadian flags during the funeral procession for slain police officer Const. Daniel Woodall, in Edmonton, Alta., on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

"We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and thoughts at this very sad time. Dan was the light of our lives and the people of Edmonton have taken to him like one of their own," Woodall's parents, David and Denise, said in the same statement.

"Thank you all again. We love you all."

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(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

The regimental funeral included tributes from friends and speeches from dignitaries including police Chief Rod Knecht and Mayor Don Iveson.

With files from the Canadian Press

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