Thousands attend memorial service for slain off-duty Las Vegas police officer

PHOTO: A large crowd of people hold candles at a memorial service for Charleston Hartfield, a Las Vegas police officer who was killed on Oct. 1, 2017 when a gunman opened fire on a county music festival, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 5, 2017.PlayRobyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
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Thousands of people gathered for a memorial service at Las Vegas' Police Memorial Park Thursday night for Charleston Hartfield, an off-duty Las Vegas police officer and Nevada Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class, who was killed Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on a country music festival.

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PHOTO: The family of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Charleston Hartfield attend a vigil for Charleston Hartfield at Police Memorial Park on October 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
The family of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Charleston Hartfield attend a vigil for Charleston Hartfield at Police Memorial Park on October 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hartfield, who leaves behind a son and daughter, was attending Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas when he and 57 others were gunned down in what is now the deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.

PHOTO: A large crowd of people hold candles at a memorial service for Charleston Hartfield, a Las Vegas police officer who was killed on Oct. 1, 2017 when a gunman opened fire on a county music festival, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 5, 2017.Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
A large crowd of people hold candles at a memorial service for Charleston Hartfield, a Las Vegas police officer who was killed on Oct. 1, 2017 when a gunman opened fire on a county music festival, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 5, 2017.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman were among the attendees at the service, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Goodman told the newspaper Hartfield was a "very special, beautiful man," and said his death was a "tragic loss."

"I figured he was probably busy helping others,” friend Troy Rhett told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "I don’t know a better man than Charles. They say it’s always the good ones we lose early. There’s no truer statement than that with Charles."

“Charleston Hartfield lived to serve the public and protect his family," Brig. Gen. William Burks, the adjutant general of the Nevada National Guard, said in a statement. "He is the epitome of a citizen-soldier.”

PHOTO: Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman holds a photo of police officer Charleston Hartfield at his memorial service in Las Vegas, Oct. 5, 2017. Hartfield was killed on Oct. 1, 2017 when a gunman opened fire on a county music festival, in Las Vegas.Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman holds a photo of police officer Charleston Hartfield at his memorial service in Las Vegas, Oct. 5, 2017. Hartfield was killed on Oct. 1, 2017 when a gunman opened fire on a county music festival, in Las Vegas.

Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser, commander, Nevada Army National Guard, said in the statement, “Sgt. 1st Class Hartfield epitomizes everything good about America and those who wear the uniform representative of the most powerful Army in the world."

PHOTO: Sgt. Ryan Fryman, who was on the scene of the mass shooting, hugs a fellow officer during a vigil, Oct. 5, 2017 in Las Vegas for Police Officer Charleston Hartfield, who was killed when a gunman opened fire on a crowd attending a music festival. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Sgt. Ryan Fryman, who was on the scene of the mass shooting, hugs a fellow officer during a vigil, Oct. 5, 2017 in Las Vegas for Police Officer Charleston Hartfield, who was killed when a gunman opened fire on a crowd attending a music festival.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal said the body of Hartfield, 34, was escorted by officers from several agencies Tuesday evening to the Palm Downtown Mortuary and Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest, police said.

PHOTO: A woman wipes away tears during a memorial service for Charleston Hartfield, an off-duty Las Vegas police officer who was killed during the Route 91 music festival mass shooting, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 5, 2017. Chris Wattie/Reuters
A woman wipes away tears during a memorial service for Charleston Hartfield, an off-duty Las Vegas police officer who was killed during the Route 91 music festival mass shooting, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 5, 2017.

During the escort, some other local officers stood on the sidewalk, a few wiping away tears and then raising their hands in a salute, the newspaper reported.

PHOTO: Investigators walk through debris on festival grounds across the street from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Oct. 3, 2017, in Las Vegas.
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