1,600 attend officer’s funeral

Nadeen Maroof Shukur, wife of officer Shukur cries as his casket is put inside the hearse at the end of his funeral service at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Shelby Township, Mich., Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. Shukur died after being struck by a speeding SUV while assisting with crowd and traffic control. (Clarence Tabb Jr./Detroit News via AP)

UTICA, Mich. (AP) — More than 1,600 people have attended the funeral for a Detroit police officer who died after being struck by a speeding SUV.

A requiem Mass for 30-year-old Fadi Shukur at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Utica. He died Aug. 15 from injuries he had suffered 11 days earlier while helping other officers with crowd control near a nightclub on the city’s west side.

The Detroit News reports Detroit Police Chief James Craig described Shukur as a “true American hero.”

Mayor Mike Duggan said officers like Shukur are helping Detroit in its turnaround by reducing crime and making it a “great, safe city.”

A 19-year-old Belleville man is charged in Shukur’s death with second-degree murder and reckless driving causing death.