Randolph Holder

Thousands Attend Funeral for Slain NYPD Officer Randolph Holder

An estimated 20,000 fellow officers, friends, and loved ones poured into the streets of New York to honor fallen NYPD Officer Randolph Holder on Wednesday. 

Bill Bratton, Chief of the New York Police Department, called Holder a "hero" as he addressed the assembled crowd at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens. 

"We send you on your new assignment, to be a guardian ­angel at the gates of heaven," said Bratton.

Officer Holder was shot and killed last week while in pursuit of a robbery suspect. 

Mary Muhammad, Holder's fiancé, addressed the crowd and spoke of the pain of losing a loved one but remembered her fiancé as a hero. "To simply wear the uniform of an officer is an act of courage," she said.

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Sharpton Backs Out of Planned Eulogy For Slain NYPD Officer

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Reverend Al Sharpton, the controversial figure often found in the middle of the contentious debate regarding police and community relations, has backed out of his plan to eulogize slain NYPD officer Randolph Holder.

Sharpton's choice as a central figure in Officer Holder's funeral seemed incongruous given his extensive history of criticizing law enforcement. 

A relative of Officer Holder reportedly reached out to Sharpton and requested he speak at the funeral; however, that story has been disputed.

Ultimately, Sharpton chose not to speak at the funeral, citing the largely negative reaction his prospective eulogy had received. 

His decision was likely an appropriate one as it seemed that Officer Holder himself was no fan of Sharpton, at least according to the late officer's fiancé, Mary Muhammad.

"He didn’t like [Sharpton]. He wasn’t a fan. So I don’t know why [Sharpton] is speaking," said Muhammad, prior to Sharpton backing out.

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Details on Funeral Arrangements for Fallen NYPD Officer Randolph Holder

NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, 33, gunned down earlier in the week while in pursuit of an armed suspect, will be laid to rest in his native Georgetown, Guyana. Services for Officer Holder, however, will take place in New York City at the following times:

Public Viewing:

Tuesday, October 27: 9 am - 6 pm; Community Church of the Nazarene, 1414 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway, N.Y.

Funeral Service:

Wednesday, October 28: 3 pm; Community Church of the Nazarene, 1414 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway, N.Y.

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Anti-Police Protestors Take to New York Streets Just TWO Days After NYPD Officer Gunned Down

NYPD Officer Randolph Holder

NYPD Officer Randolph Holder

Anti-police protestors took to the streets decrying law enforcement violence just two days after the shooting death of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder at the hands of a career criminal.

While the protests had been planned for some time, coming in the immediate wake of the tragic death of Officer Holder has left many people perplexed.

Ed Mullins, President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said, "It's just the arrogance of the whole thing. This is a naysayer group. If there's a bit of intelligence put into any of this, they'd realize all their facts are incorrect."

Some of the protestors called for the entire "justice system to be dismantled," and insisted they weren't protesting all police officers, just "killer cops."

The three day march began on Thursday and is slated to continue through the weekend.

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UPDATE: NYPD Officer Dies After Being Shot in East Harlem

NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, 33, succumbed to his injuries after being shot late Tuesday night in East Harlem. Holder was a third-generation police officer.

Officer Holder was patrolling a public housing complex when he became involved in the foot pursuit of a suspect who had stolen a bike. At some point, the suspect turned and shot Officer Holder, striking him in the head. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect in the leg. The suspect was taken into custody.

Officer Holder was transported to Harlem Hospital but died at 10:22 pm.

"That we mourn one of our own. I’ve been doing this for 45 years. It doesn’t get easier. It never gets easier and it should never get easier," said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

Officer Holder, who had emigrated from Guyana, was the fourth NYPD officer to have been killed in the line of duty in the past year.

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