News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Oct. 23, 2015: Third generation Police Officer Randolph Holder is set to be laid to rest in his native Guyana following a funeral service in Queens, NY next week.
Officer Holder’s funeral service will be held on October 28th at the Community Church of The Nazarene in Far Rockaway, New York, the New York Police Department said. A viewing is set for October 27th at the same location.
City officials are expected to attend both events, along with numerous police officers.
His body will then be flown to Guyana for burial. The Guyana Consulate in New York last night said it was collaborating with the Holder family to “ensure that the necessary support services provided by the Consulate are extended to them.”
Officer Holder, 33, the unmarried father of one, became a hero in death after he was shot in the head allegedly by Tyrone “Peanut” Howard, 30 on October 20, 2015 in East Harlem, New York. Howard did not enter a plea Wednesday night, October 21st, and was held without bail on first degree murder and robbery charges in the death of Officer Holder.
“Kill his f—ing ass!” Officer Holder’s sister, Sherry Holder shouted in court.
Howard is due back in court Oct. 27.
Holder, a Flatlands, Brooklyn resident, was the fourth New York Police Department officer to be killed in the last 11 months, Police Commissioner William Bratton said. He was a fourth generation cop who after leaving Lodge, in Georgetown, Guyana 12 years ago, joined his father, Randolph Holder , Sr., in Far Rockaway, Queens. He lost his mother to cancer at age 17.
Initially, he took a job as a security guard at a Toys “R” Us store and then entered the New York Police Academy, joining the department in 2010.
During his five-year career he amassed 125 arrests as rose to an elite plainclothes anti-crime unit in a dangerous pocket of northern Manhattan.
He won department citations for excellent or meritorious police duty on six occasions as he proudly wore badge No. 13340.
Nationwide, 100 officers have died in the line of duty so far in 2015, up 15 percent from this time last year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a non-profit law enforcement information clearinghouse.