Thousands in Milledgeville mourn death of Officer Christopher Monica

MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia ( 41NBC/WMGT ) – The city of Milledgeville said its final goodbye to Officer Christopher Monica who was tragically shot last Tuesday.

Silence filled the First United Methodist Church sanctuary on Tuesday over the loss of Officer Christopher Monica.

“This is a sad day in the life of our church, in the law enforcement community and we just witnessed a huge outpouring of faith,” said Monica’s former Sunday School teacher Shirley Wiley.

Church members say nearly 3,800 people were in attendance including corrections officers from across the nation–officers like Ralph Liberator of Delaware’s Department of Corrections.

“We were called by our administrators and asked if we would represent the department and clearly there was no thought other than to notify our families that we were to depart at 8 AM that next morning.”

But with the sadness came laughter, as Wiley recalled–Monica was a light to their lives and his community.

“He had a very strong faith. We got to know how much he loved his job, how much he loved his family…everything that was said in the service we were first hand witnesses to that,” she added.

Liberator says he didn’t know Officer Monica or Billue personally, but now he’ll forever be connected to their families through this experience.

“Thanks to the Billue Family and the Monica family we’re now United,” he said.

That’s something Wiley says her former Sunday School student would have wanted all along.

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