Biloxi says goodbye to a fallen hero

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BILOXI, Miss. (WKRG) — Hundreds came out to say their final goodbye to an officer killed in the line of duty. Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen was laid to rest on Monday afternoon.

During his funeral service Monday afternoon his family thanked the community for the outpouring of love and support.

“Thank you for all the support you’ve shown my family,” said Officer MCKeithen’s stepson Logan Grundel.  “It’s been truly amazing to watch this community come together through this tragedy created by hostility and resentment, but it’s also created so much love and passion.”

Hundreds of law enforcement members from across the country attended the funeral. Among them were members of the Mobile Police Department.

“It’s just an honor to be part of something bigger than yourself,” said Mobile Police Captain Jonathan Lee. “If you go in there, you’ll see uniforms from New York City and all throughout because it’s such a brotherhood. With Officer Tuder and Officer Billa, we’ve experienced our own loss in our department. So it’s very important for us to show our support. Their our brothers and sisters in law enforcement. So we’ve made a strong support from Mobile coming out, returning that favor, and praying for the family with our thoughts and prayers. It’s a very difficult loss for everyone.”

Officer McKeithen is buried in the Biloxi National Cemetery.

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