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Toronto Police Sergeant Ryan Russell. (Toronto Police Service/The Canadian Press)
Toronto Police Sergeant Ryan Russell. (Toronto Police Service/The Canadian Press)

Funeral for slain officer to be held Tuesday Add to ...

The funeral for Sergeant Ryan Russell will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Toronto Police Service has announced.

Before the funeral on Tuesday, a procession will weave through the streets of downtown Toronto. Officers will gather at University Avenue and Dundas Street West at 9 a.m. The march begins at 11 a.m. and runs south on University, west along Wellington Street and south on Simcoe Street to Bremner Boulevard.

Visitation, taking place at the Jerrett Funeral Home at 8088 Yonge St. in Thornhill, will be open to the public on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m.

A private visitation for the family will be held on Saturday.

The family also issued its first public statement through the police service Thursday.

"We wish to thank all members of the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Police Association and all our friends, family and all the exceptional members of the public, for their outpouring of love and support, thoughts and prayers," the statement reads. "Every single member of Ryan's family is touched. The warm, heartfelt comments bring much comfort to our hearts."

Earlier Thursday, Police Chief Bill Blair said investigators had seized video from Sgt. Russell's police cruiser.

Officers have also interviewed several witnesses "who stepped forward to assist in our investigation. And we are grateful for their assistance," Chief Blair said.

Throughout the day, Torontonians poured in to police headquarters to sign an open memorial book.

And on the section of Avenue Road where Sgt. Russell was struck down by the snowplow, members of the public were leaving flowers.

Toronto police recommend members of the public arrive at Tuesday's service between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in order to get a seat.

The funeral will also be televised and streamed online.

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