DETROIT (FOX 2) - The law enforcement community is preparing to say goodbye to fallen Detroit police officer Loren Courts who was shot and killed in the line of duty -- last week.
Starting Friday, you may see street closures around Greater Grace Temple. The church is where our city can take another step toward healing as viewing and funeral services for Officer Courts will be this weekend.
"Children have lost a father, a wife has lost a husband, parents have lost a son, siblings have lost a brother," said Bishop Charles H. Ellis III.
And a city has lost a police officer. On Monday, Greater Grace Temple will host the funeral service for Officer Courts.
A chance for his family, his department, and the community to say its final goodbye to a five-year veteran killed on duty.
Public viewings are scheduled from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and 3-9 p.m. Sunday at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit. A funeral for family and members of the Detroit Police Department will be held Monday morning before Courts is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery.
"A lot of people are mourning. and I’m not sure that there’s a cookie cut phrase that’s going to make it go away. or that’s going to make anybody feel better," said Ellis, Greater Grace senior pastor. "I hope that in time, people can get back to a healthy place."
Ellis will preside over Monday’s ceremony. It’s not his first police officer funeral - and he says it’s more difficult each time.
His church — Greater Grace Temple — is one of a few in Detroit with the capacity to welcome the thousands expected to attend.
From Courts’ family and friends to his fellow DPD officers and law enforcement from all over the United States.
"We’re honored to be able to provide the kind of facility where he can receive the honors and the appreciation, that he so deserves," Ellis said.
Last week Officer Loren Courts — and his partner — responded to a 19-year-old armed with an assault-style weapon, randomly shooting on Detroit’s west side. Courts was fatally shot in the neck.
Since his untimely death, we’ve learned about the family man — who followed in his father’s footsteps and joined DPD.
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We’ve also seen the heartbreaking impact Courts’ death has had on his family, the police department, and city.
"I just ask everybody to pray for the Courts family and our men and women in blue, as well as, our community," Ellis said. "Because we need some kind of peace. we need some kind of can’t we all just get along."
Reverend Lawrence London of New Jerusalem Temple is expected to deliver the eulogy for Courts' funeral.
Greater Grace Temple of Detroit / Inset: Officer Loren Courts