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There's Going To Be A Big Funeral Downtown For LAPD Officer

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Officers fill the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels for the funeral of LAPD motor officer Chris Cortijo on April 22. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images)
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There's going to be a funeral at Our Lady of The Angels downtown tomorrow morning for an LAPD officer who was recently killed in hit-and-run crash on the job.

LAPD Officer Roberto Sanchez, 32, was killed May 3 in Harbor City when an SUV plowed into his patrol car while he was chasing a suspect. The driver of the SUV was related to the suspect, and he has since been charged with murder, and investigators are claiming the fatal crash was intentional.

Tomorrow family, friends, police officers and a boatload of civic leaders we're sure will gather at the Cathedral downtown for a memorial service at 9 a.m. If you aren't a member of those groups, you might want to avoid the northern end of downtown tomorrow morning and the procession to Huntington Beach afterward.

The following streets will be closed by 6 a.m. tomorrow:

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Hill Street between Ord and 1st Street
Temple Street between Grand Avenue and Alameda
Northbound Grand Avenue between 1st Street and Temple Street

The service will start at 9 a.m. at Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels. Immediately after the memorial, there's going to be a procession from downtown to Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach. If you can help it, we'd suggest avoiding the southbound 110 Freeway to the 405 heading that direction. Here is the procession information from the LAPD:

Immediately following the service, the Department motorcade will lead the procession westbound on Temple Street, to south Figueroa Street. The procession will then continue westbound 3rd Street to south 110 Freeway. It will enter 110 Freeway south and continue to south 405 Freeway. The procession will exit on Magnolia Street/ Warner Avenue. It will continue south on Magnolia Street to Talbert Avenue. The procession will then turn right on Talbert, the cemetery is approximately 1/4 mile (right hand side).

We'll probably be letting you know about another LAPD funeral soon, too. It's been a rough few months for LAPD officers on the roads. Det. Ernest L. Allen Sr. was killed last week while he was in Beverly Hills. Officer Nicholas Lee was killed on duty on the same street just a few months before. Officer Chris Cortijo was killed last month when a driver crashed into his motorcyle while he was stopped at a red light.