Thousands Say Goodbye To Slain NJ Police Officer

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Under a shining sun there was a sea of blue as thousands of police officers from New Jersey and beyond gathered to mourn the loss of their brother, fallen Lakewood Police Officer Christopher Matlosz.

“We’re here to support him and the fellow officers in the state and the country,” said Officer Tim Groves of West Orange.

Like many present, Detective Sergeant Pat McCormick with the Yonkers Police Department didn’t know Officer Matlosz  personally. Matlosz, a 27-year-old who had recently gotten engaged was gunned down Friday night while on patrol.

“Anytime you have an officer, especially killed in the line of duty, we want to show support for him and his family and come out,” McCormick said.

“It’s a tough thing to be at, but we’re all brothers in blue, no matter what state we’re in,” said Officer Jose Alvarez of West Orange.

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports from the fallen officer’s funeral

WCBS 880 Reporter Levon Putney talks with Lakewood Police Chief about the killed officer

Inside the church, the officer’s fiancée spoke about her unbearable loss, reports CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

“He was my best friend, my world, my life,” Kelly Walsifer said. “I never could have imagined living without him.”

Walsifer told family and friends about how she wanted to spend the rest of her life with the 27-year-old officer.

“The day he proposed to me was one of the happiest moments of my life,” Walsifer said.

Walsifer described Officer Matlosz as a dedicated cop who lived life to the fullest.

“I’m blessed to have had an amazing fiancé, and a best friend that so many people loved and cherished,” Walsifer said.

A close friend of Matlosz delivered a eulogy asking the slain officer to look over his friends from heaven. Stephen Gibson, a civilian employee of the New Jersey State Police who was friends with Matlosz for 12 years, recalled his friend as “my rock, my go-to person.”

“Today I stand before you and tell you that Patrolman Chris Matlosz was a hero,” Gibson wrote in remarks he planned to deliver during the funeral. “On that cold January evening, Chris paid the ultimate sacrifice. Christopher Anthony Matlosz, our friend and brother, was taken from us far too early, doing what he loved to do: being a police officer.”

The suspected shooter is 19-year-old Jahmell Crockam. Police said when Matlosz pulled over to speak to him, he whipped out a gun and fired three times into the officer’s head. Officials said Matlosz never had a chance to reach for his own gun.

“It’s a reality shock. Everybody can get complacent from time to time and it really brings you back down to earth when something unfortunate like this can happen in an instant,” said Officer Mark Salemi of Monroe Township.

Crockam, of Lakewood, appeared in court Tuesday as dozens of cops looked on. He’s being held on $5 million bail, facing murder and several weapons offense charges.

“Thank God they got him. It doesn’t bring him back, but I’m glad that they got him,” said Jane Colaio, Matlosz’ mother.

“Chris is one of them guys who went above and beyond,” said Robert Anderson, Lakewood Township officer.

“I’m going to miss him so much,” said Eduardo Vega, another officer.

Outside the church were positioned snipers and armored cars. Police took seriously a threat by some gang members to attack New Jersey police officers in retaliation for Crockam’s arrest.

“Obviously like all rumors we are taking them seriously under consideration,” said Ocean County Prosecutor Maureen Lynch Ford.

Immediately following the funeral, a private burial was to be held at a nearby cemetery.

Hundreds of officers in dress uniforms were also present Wednesday, lining the drive-way leading into Matlosz’ wake.

“It was very touching,” said Kelly Walsifer, Matlosz’ fiancee.

Investigators were still tying to determine the motive behind the cold-blooded shooting.

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  1. OSTROSKI says:

    IM ALL FOR THE DEATH PENALTY IF THEY APPLY IT TO ALL, INLCLUDING POLICE WHEN THEY KILL INNOCENTS PEOPLE.

  2. Chrisie Shaw says:

    Death Penalty my butt!!! He’d still have to sit and wait in prison and eat and sleep and live until they came to walk his sorry waste of skin to the chair. I say, as soon as he is pronounced guilty in court, lead him out the back door, put a bullet between his eyes and throw him in a hole. No one is going to miss him and the state saves money.

  3. MOBESTR says:

    Death penalty will be very easy on this fat welfare pig killer, The only punishment for his killer is the fuk!!!!!ing 3″ thick and 24″ long red spicy baton in his a$$ daily 2 times in the morning and 3 times at night…….
    anybody agree with me or no??????????

  4. THA FACTS R says:

    The only answer for his attacker is the fuk!!!!!ing 3″ thick and 24″ red spicy baton in his a$$.

  5. pete cameron says:

    I was pretty impressed to see thousands of those Jewish folk come and pay respects for the police officer. I hope we can grow stronger as a community and live with coexistents amongst one another .Good job by them!

  6. Sati Ekor says:

    IT IS SO KUUL TO READ ALL THESE BY AMERICANS. THAT SOCIETY HAS BECOME DAMAGED BY UNREASONABLE APPLICATION OF SOME OF THE LAWS. SINCE THE VOTERS WANT DEATH PENALTY TO ACT AS DETERRENT, WHY DO THE LAW MAKERS IGNORE THEM. THE US JAILS ARE FULL OF TOO MANY PEOPLE WHOM THE LAWS PROTECT SENSELESSLY, AND THEY LIVE AND FEED AT THE EXPENSE OF TAX PAYERS STILL. YOUR JAILS ARE TOO COMFORTABLE. THAT IS WHY THESE CHAPS WANT TO GO THERE ALL THE TIME. NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE IF YOU DONT TAKE A HARD LINE DECISION ON THESE KIND OF MATTERS. ,MAY THE POOR DEAD COP REST IN PEACE. AND TO THINK THAT SOME GANG CHAPS BELIEVE THEY CAN TAKE ON THE POLICE. GET RID OF SUCH USELESS PERSONS FOR THE SOCIETY FOR GOD’S SAKE AND GIVE THE POLICEMEN THAT ACHIEVE SUCH MEDALS.

  7. Iam Sadtosay says:

    We humans are a bloodthirsty race.

  8. salbbb says:

    the gang threatened retaliaion??? is this a joke……hunt them down…watch a charles bronson or clint eastwood movie…you’ll get the general idea.

  9. Greg says:

    The only answer for his attacker is the DEATH PENALITY

  10. EMORY MCCULLOUGH says:

    NO MORE SYMPATHY ON CRIMINALS YOU NEED MORE STRICTER LAWS INSTEAD OF SOMEONE STAYING 20 YEARS ON DEATH ROE ONCE THERE PRIVEN GUILTY EXECUTE THEM THEN

  11. hotscandinavianboy says:

    I agree with the death penalty, especially in cases of cold blooded murder of any law enforcement officer, be it police, prosecutors, FBI, DEA, ATF, sheriff, or any other branch. For reference, I am a moderate liberal.

    1. welshcorgi says:

      agreed and i am a moderate liberal as well

  12. a man says:

    always sad when city street workers die. I guess at least we can be thankful it wasn’t a mother who was killed. nothing worse than a woman killer.

  13. Marie Johnson says:

    Tthis was so sad and so tragic. I sincerely think that anyone who murders innocent people and child molesters should be sent to the front line in Iraq. Let the Iraqis handle them like they handle their own when hideous crimes are committed there. This would save our judicial system a lot of money and time.

  14. heaven says:

    wow so sad that that officer was killed while on duty to protect and serve his country,i wish his family the best and god will welcome him in his arms and for the killer i wish they hang him or better yet shoot him 5 times in his head.

  15. Ms. Vickie, Newark, New Jersey says:

    We should consider the death penalty for all killings unless proven that the kill was in self defense. This was a terrible barbaric selfish act that should not be punished by life in prison. Bring the perpetrators life to an end the same as he did to this well respected, liked and loved officer. May his soul rest in peace and his family find comfort in knowing we care and send out our prayers.

    To our Government Officials and the Senate, “Please make our laws stricter”.

  16. CHERYL says:

    ALL STATES SHOULD HAVE THE DEATH PENTALTY
    AND NO WAITING NO COURT TRIALS DO IT RIGHT AWAY
    WE WASTE TO MUCH MONEY ON PRISONERS NOW
    HOW MANY ARE ON DEATH ROW WHY ARE THEY THERE
    SO LONG TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE BEING KILL AND NOTHING
    IS BEING DONE EXCEPT LAYOFFS

  17. Mark Thompson says:

    Yes, the death penalty should be enforced in all states for specific crimes.

  18. Charlene Gregor says:

    The DEATH PENALTY should be in EVERY STATE for specific CRIMES… For those that don’t want the DEATH PENALTY, let them gather at a prison, put the names of those on DEATH ROW in a hat, and let those people that think the Death Penalty is NOT a deterrent, let them draw a name, and that way we can all find some peace. They can PAY for the food/care of that person sitting in prison for LIFE until they DIE in prison. That will cut the tax payers burden too and still solve the problem.

  19. Kim Tyler says:

    Yes, the death penalty should be in place for ALL cop killers. No questions asked. Hang them on the courthouse lawn on national television!

  20. Suzie McCloskey says:

    We need the death penalty.Too many people get off to easily.We all send our thoughts and prayers out to the family of the officer.He was a good man and we appreciated his services.

  21. Jeff Taylor says:

    Please Governor Christie, bring back the DEATH PENALTY, especially for cop killers!

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