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Over 5,000 mourners came to a Long Island town to say goodbye to the hero Nassau County police officer shot and killed during a traffic stop Tuesday.

Thousands of fellow officers numerous police departments, bagpipers and grieving family members followed Officer Arthur Lopez' patrol car marked with the words "In memory of Police Officer Arthur Lopez" as it made its way to St. Christopher's Church in Baldwin.

A silent of sea of blue watched the coffin draped in a navy blue Nassau County Police Department flag, was carried into the church.

Lopez's mother became inconsolable when the pipes started playing "Amazing Grace."

Officer Lopez, 29, was shot and killed by Darrell Fuller, an ex-convict, who had fled the scene of a car accident. Police say Fuller then carjacked a second vehicle car and killed its driver, 52-year-old Raymond Facey, before speeding off.

Fuller was arrested Tuesday night in Queens.

Lopez was posthumously awarded his department's highest honor, the Medal of Valor — which has been given only 37 times since the Nassau Police Department was established in 1925.

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