Funeral held for LAPD motorcycle officer Chris Cortijo

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A funeral was held in downtown Los Angeles Tuesday morning for a veteran police motorcycle officer who died after being struck by a motorist allegedly under the influence of cocaine.

Hundreds of fellow law enforcement officers turned out Tuesday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to mourn 51-year-old Officer Chris Cortijo, who spent 26 years in the Los Angeles Police Department.

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In a eulogy, Mayor Eric Garcetti told the gathering that Cortijo was twice named officer of the year and in his career made 3,000 DUI arrests.

It's the second funeral in little more than a month for the LAPD. In March, 40-year-old Officer Nicholas Choung Lee was killed in a collision between his patrol car and a truck in Beverly Hills.

An account benefiting Cortijo's family has been established at the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, according to City News Service. Checks payable to the Blue Ribbon Trust for Christopher Cortijo can be sent to the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union, attention Blue Ribbon Christopher Cortijo, Post Office Box 10188, Van Nuys, CA 91410.

This story has been updated.

With contributions by KPCC wire services

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