Hundreds gather to honor fallen Girard police officer at funeral

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- He served his community for five years, never leaving a situation until it was better.  Today, hundreds of mourners this afternoon paid their respects to Girard Police Officer Justin Leo, to say thanks.

A funeral mass for Officer Leo was held at 1 p.m., inside the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University.  Visitation services were held on Saturday inside the Covelli Centre at YSU.

Officer Leo was shot and killed last Saturday while responding to a domestic disturbance on Indiana Avenue in Girard. Police said suspect Jason Marble shot Officer Leo; another officer then returned fire, killing Marble.

The 31-year-old worked as a Girard police officer for five years.

"It's times like these that makes us wonder why we do this. The reason is, police officers, firemen, EMTs, want to make a difference. In their most desperate times, people want us to be there. We want to be there. That's why we all took this job," Girard Police Chief John Norman said during his speech at the funeral.

"We were all so uplifted and proud to remember him as he lived," Chief Norman spoke of Leo.

His parents, Pat and David Leo, told FOX 8 earlier this week that they were very grateful for all the support they have received from the community.

Officer Leo's brothers in blue were also their to honor him, as 317 police vehicles joined his funeral procession.

In a poignant moment during the service, Chief Norman asked all law enforcement officers to stand. He then turned to Officer Leo's parents and instructed them to stand up and look at the officers, saying, "Please look at these men ... women. This is your family, forever. We'll always be here for you, no matter where you go. Officer Leo will always be a part of our family. May he rest in peace, may God bless his family, and may God bless and protect his fellow officers."

Any memorial donations should be submitted to the Trumbull County Wolves Scholarship Fund in Justin Leo's name, per the family's request.

Officer Leo will be laid to rest at Tod Homestead Cemetery, following a private committal service .

**Continued coverage on Officer Leo, here**