LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Police Officer Nicholas Lee’s life and service to the department was honored Thursday at Our Lady Of the Angeles in downtown.
Nicholas Lee, 40, was killed last Friday at the intersection of Loma Vista Drive and Doheny Road in Beverly Hills when the driver of a truck apparently lost control of the vehicle and struck Lee’s police cruiser, officials said. Lee’s partner, who has only been identified by LAPD officials as Stephanie, was released from the hospital Saturday night.
The public memorial service, presided by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, was held at 9 a.m. immediately followed by traditional honors outside the cathedral.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Lee’s brother spoke to attendees, which included Gov. Jerry Brown.
Beck tweeted the following words after the service:
A funeral procession and graveside burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale followed the service at 11:30 a.m.
Lee is survived by his wife and two daughters, ages 14 and 7. A fund has been established by the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union in their name.
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The following streets will be closed downtown Thursday beginning at 6:30 a.m.:
- Hill Street between Ord and 1st Street
- Temple Street between Grand Avenue and Broadway
- Northbound Grand Avenue between 1st Street and Temple Street
A public rosary service was held Wednesday evening at St. Basil Catholic Church in Koreatown.
Lee moved to Los Angeles from Korea at the age of 6. He grew up in Koreatown and joined the LAPD in 1999. His last assignment brought him to the Hollywood Division as a patrol and training officer.