It was a somber day for many as funeral services began Friday for fallen Birmingham Police Officer Keary Hollis. Hollis was shot to death last weekend in Ensley.
Officer Hollis worked with the Birmingham Police Department's West Precinct for five and a half years. He was a father of three children.
One of Hollis' neighbors says he will be missed.
"My mom is a Birmingham Police officer," Teraca Williams said. "It hit home for me because it could have been here or anybody I know on the force. He did not deserve that. He did not have to die like that."
Other who didn't know Hollis arrived to share their condolences. Tommy Carrington wanted to come by because he has two cousins in law enforcement.
"To show respect because mean in Birmingham put their lives on the line every day and they a family to go back to," Carrington said.
All week, Hollis' friends and colleagues have been remembering him. At a candlelight vigil on Wednesday night, one officer talked about getting to know Hollis while they were at the police academy together. At a vigil Monday, Hollis' high school classmates gathered to share stories of his life. The school's head janitor told stories of how Hollis would often come back to visit her.
Officer Hollis' visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Arrington Funeral Home on Cotton Avenue Southwest in Birmingham. The funeral will be Saturday at the Greater New Antioch Baptist Church in Ensley on Avenue G. It will start at 11 a.m. His burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery on MLK Junior Drive.
You can still leave messages of condolence for Officer Hollis' family on our Facebook page.
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