NYPD officer Randolph Holder was laid to rest as the city says goodbye to the fallen policeman, who was killed last week in East Harlem.
Family, friends, city officials and NYPD officers gathered for Holder’s funeral Thursday at Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Queens. Holder received a posthumous promotion to detective from Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Police officers came from across the nation to pay respects for the third-generation police officer. Holder will be buried in his native Guyana.
This week, community leaders, clergy, elected officials and residents gathered at police precincts across the city in solidarity for vigils in honor of Holder.
Leaders gathered at the 32nd Precinct in Harlem to pay respects to the officer through prayer and speeches about violence in the community and guns coming into the city. They also expressed their support for the NYPD.
Among those who attended were Jackie Rowe-Adams, founder of Harlem Mothers SAVE.; Mid-Manhattan Branch NAACP President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. Charlie Rangel Geoffrey Easton; community activist Vernon Williams; and Willie Walker, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building manager and administrator.
Farewell services for Holder began Tuesday morning with a viewing for Holder at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral.
The Rev. Al Sharpton was scheduled to give the eulogy at the funeral but announced Tuesday he would not participate in the service because of what he is calling a “sideshow” among police unions.
“It is clear though after reading several articles that some union leaders and some others want to turn your and your pastor’s noble efforts into some kind of confrontation or sideshow and not keep focused on the brutal, senseless murder of your son,” he said in letter to Holder’s father. “I refuse, despite my strong feelings on police issues, to be part of anything that would marginalize and take away from the focus of this city and nation mourning your son tomorrow.”
Sharpton’s organization, the National Action Network, donated $5,000 to Holder’s family and offered to meet with them upon their return from Guyana.
Meanwhile, the suspect accused of killing Holder, Tyrone Howard, remains in jail after being indicted on murder charges. Scuba divers found the .40-caliber Glock handgun used in the shooting in the Harlem River. Tests confirmed it was the gun used that killed Holder. The weapon was traced back to South Carolina, where it was purchased.