On Thursday, the community began to say their final goodbyes to Officer Miguel Moreno, who was killed in the line of duty last week. His visitation was Thursday before his funeral on Friday.

Hundreds gathered at Officer Moreno’s viewing at the Porter Loring Mortuary and San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus addressed the media once again, voicing his strong opinions about recent tragedies involving police.

“I don’t know what has gotten into people who think they can go out and shoot the police. I don’t understand why people think it’s ok to advocate that, celebrate it. It doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s a warped way of thinking,” said Chief McManus, who addressed police killings in Texas and across the country. “There is a small number of people around the country that think it’s ok to berate police, badger police, insult police, and it’s not ok. I’m here to tell you today, it’s not ok.”

While many visitors at Officer Moreno’s viewing would be total strangers to the officer and his family, they are no strangers to recognizing the sacrifice that the officers make every day.

“It’s like the loss of a brother, a family member, because PD’s are an extended family,” said Ray Leal, a veteran who added that the terrible loss is something the community has to experience too frequently. “There’s too many people running around in America now discriminately shooting police, and that’s just not the way it’s supposed to be. These are men and women who put their lives on the line every day for us.”

A funeral procession will depart for Officer Moreno at the Alamodome on Friday at 8 a.m. with lines of emergency vehicles all headed to Community Bible Church located at 2477 N Loop 1604 E.

The service starts at 10 a.m. and is open to the public.