Area police attend funeral services for fallen Westerville police officers

Funerals for 2 fallen offiers
A long line forms outside St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church during the public visitation for officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering. (Source: WBNS)
A long line forms outside St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church during the public visitation for officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering. (Source: WBNS)
Outside of funeral for Westerville officers. (Source: WBNS)
Outside of funeral for Westerville officers. (Source: WBNS)
Long line of officers showing up to pay their respects. (Source: WBNS)
Long line of officers showing up to pay their respects. (Source: WBNS)
Officer Anthony Morelli, Officer Eric Joering (Source: Westerville Police)
Officer Anthony Morelli, Officer Eric Joering (Source: Westerville Police)

WESTERVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Hundreds of officers from across the nation and Ohio, including the Elyria, Akron, and Parma police departments traveled to Westerville for the funeral services of fallen officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli. 

An honor guard has escorted the bodies of two slain Ohio police officers into a church ahead of their funeral services.

Before the services began, mourners filed past a pair of flag-draped caskets.

A uniformed officer walked Joering's police dog in front of his casket. The officer saluted while the dog sat and faced the coffin.

A viewing for the two officers lasted from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday at a Westerville Catholic church for 39-year-old Joering and 54-year-old Morelli, a graduate of Washington High School in Massillon. The funeral began at 1 p.m.

A GoFundMe account has been set up by the Fraternal Order of Police in the names of both officers.

The two were killed while responding to a 911 hang-up call in the 3000 block of Crosswind Drive, a suburb of Columbus.

The suspect, 30-year-old Quentin L. Smith, was wounded when the officers opened fire on him. He remains hospitalized and has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder.

"I did a half a shift last night patrolling here in Westerville, and to see the love and the honor and respect the community showed us over supporting and coming to help out their officers and take their place on the street and the amount of blue ribbons and blue lights displayed in his community is tremendous," said Jon Gleason, of the Hilliard Police Department.

Gerald A. Lawson III, 30, of Warrensville Heights, has also been charged in connection for allegedly buying the gun Smith used in the deadly shootings.

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