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Fallen KPD Officer Bobby Hornsby Laid To Rest


Killeen police officer Bobby Hornsby was laid to rest after an emotional funeral service earlier this morning in Killeen.

Hornsby died Sunday after being killed in a shootout with a Fort Hood soldier at an apartment complex.

Officer Hornsby was remembered for his ability to be everybody's friend and for always making sure his family was taken care of as the Killeen Police Department said goodbye to one of its own while family and friends mourned the loss of a beloved husband, father, son, brother and close friend.

It was a sea of blue, black, tan and green uniforms as hundreds of police officers and law enforcement officials from all over Texas lined the rows of those in attendance.

Those police units went to show their support and pay tribute to an officer whose impact reached far beyond this Central Texas community.

"Bobby, being himself, has touched each and every one of us in a different way through his work ethic, his dedication, his loyalty, his heroic behavior, his bravery and everything else," KPD detective Chris Ferman said. "We will continue to try to live up to his name and work as he would."

Thousands of others from Killeen and surrounding areas came to show their love and support to Hornsby's family and to pay their respects to an officer whose passion was to protect and serve the community he loved so much.

"He not only represented this department well, but represented himself and his family well and interacting with citizens on the street and everything else, he always was a cut above everyone else," Ferman said. "He was very dedicated to the cause and to his job and profession."

After the funeral service ended, officer Hornsby was followed by a procession that included hundreds of police cars, motorcycles, and fire trucks.

Officer Hornsby was laid to rest at the Killeen City Cemetery where he was honored with a 21-gun salute and the playing of taps.

Officer Hornsby's wife spoke about her husband during the service calling him a hero for the ultimate sacrifice he made as a police officer.

She also said that he was one of kind and will forever be missed.

A 5k memorial run has now been scheduled for Saturday morning at 8 a.m. that will start at the Killeen Community Center where all donations raised will be given to officer Hornsby's family.

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