Las Vegas bids farewell to Metro Officer Soldo - 8 News NOW

Las Vegas bids farewell to Metro Officer Soldo

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LAS VEGAS -- The Las Vegas community, police and family members gathered to say goodbye and honor Metro Police Officer Igor Soldo Thursday.

His flag-draped coffin led a procession of law enforcement around 10:15 a.m. as it made its way through the streets to the Canyon Ridge Christian Church for his funeral. Hundreds of officers took part in the procession and citizens stood on the sidewalks to witness the event and pay their respects.

PHOTOS: Final farewell to Officer Soldo

Soldo and Officer Alyn Beck were ambushed and killed on Sunday as they ate lunch at a pizza restaurant in northeast Las Vegas. Soldo leaves behind a wife, Andrea, and a young son, Logan, who will soon reach his first birthday, his parents, a brother and a sister.

Soldo was born in Bosnia and fled to the United States with his entire family during the Bosnian War. He lived in Nebraska before moving to Las Vegas in 2006 to realize his dream of becoming a police officer.

Retired Metro Police Captain Larry Burns spoke at the funeral, which drew around 3,000 people, saying he felt gratitude that he was able to talk about Soldo's life.

"He didn't have to come to our community to serve, but he chose to," Burns said. "Any community would be honored to have him."

Soldo's brother, Robert Soldo, a Nebraska police officer, spoke of looking up to his younger brother.

"Growing up in Bosnia, he was my partner in crime. We did everything together. He is the man and I hope that I can be half that man. I never thought in my entire life I would be in this position. Like some have said, I wish I could take that bullet cause it's not fair," Soldo said.

Eight others, including police officers and friends, spoke of a man with great wit who loved his family and being a police officer.

"He could make you laugh, but you could always count on him to have your back," said Officer Josh Stearns.

"Words diminish who Igor was," said Officer David Walker. "In his absence I'm excited to be able to tell him one day the kind of man his daddy was."

His fellow officers acknowledged Soldo's wife, Andrea, saying they would be there to support her and her young son.

"You may not know it but you have thousands of brothers and sisters in the law enforcement community," said Jason Hopfer. "Anytime you need something, call us."

After the funeral, Soldo's family and police officers followed his body back to the cemetery for a smaller memorial service. It was there that Soldo's wife was presented with the flag that covered his coffin.

The funeral for Officer Alyn Beck, who was also killed in the ambush, will take place on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at The Smith Center. The funeral will be carried live on Channel 8 and 8NewsNOW.com.
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