A sea of blue is expected in Lakewood at noon today as police officers from New Jersey and beyond gather to pay their final respects to 27-year-old patrolman Christopher Matlosz. NJ Governor Chris Christie is expected to attend, a source tells Matzav.com.
With an unusually heavy security presence outside the funeral home, hundreds of officers in dress uniforms lined the drive-way leading into Wednesday’s wake.
It’s been a week of sad remembrances that began Monday night with a candle light vigil with Matlosz’s fiance.
The suspect in this killing, – 19-year-old Jahmell Crockam of Lakewood, appeared in court Tuesday as dozens of cops looked on.
He’s now being held on $5 million bail, facing murder and several weapons offense charges.
“I know. Thank God they got him. It doesn’t bring him back, but I’m glad that they got him,” said Jane Colaio, Matlosz’ mother.
Authorities said he’d been talking with Matlosz Friday night as the officer sat in his car, when he suddenly pulled out a gun and shot Matlosz three times.
Investigators were still tying to determine the motive behind the cold-blooded shooting.