Fallen Detroit police officer Fadi Shakur laid to rest

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He was on the force just 18 months before he was hit by a car while on duty.

Officer Fadi Shukur died from his injuries nearly two weeks later. On Monday hundreds of officers from the Detroit Police Department and departments all over - gathered at a Utica church to say goodbye.

The beautiful ceremony honored the Navy veteran and dedicated police officer. Shukur died last week after being struck by a hit and run driver while on duty on Detroit's west side.

"Every person you talk to, say the first thing they remember, is Fadi Shukur has the biggest smile and it was contagious," said Mayor Mike Duggan.

Duggan spoke about Shukur's dedication - telling of a recent call he and his partner were on. The woman in distress didn't have clothes or diapers for her infant grandchild.

"Fadi and his partner Tim went up to Meijer and in uniform bought two new baby outfits," Duggan said.

Shukur leaves behind a new bride, Nadine - the couple married about a month before he passed.

"He was simply thrilled at the thought of Nadine and viewed their union as nothing short of a blessing from God," Chief James Craig said.

The service represented Shukur's strong Catholic faith - it was given in both English and Arabic. The priest even took a moment to acknowledge the sacrifice of all law enforcement.

Shukur is the third officer killed in the line of duty this year - Chief James Craig says it never gets easier.

"Yes Fadi was one of Detroit's finest and yes he was also a true American hero," Craig said.

As the emotional tradition goes, services ended with a final radio call for Officer Shukur - Badge Number 556.