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OMAHA (KWWL) - Family, friends, and even people all across the United States paid respects for a fallen Omaha police officer Tuesday.  

Police say Kerrie Orozco was shot and killed by a fugitive last week. She lived in Council Bluffs, but worked in the gang unit for the Omaha police department.

Orozco was one day away from going on delayed maternity leave. Her daughter was born prematurely in February.

She was remembered Tuesday for her strong faith and was an officer who often prayed in her squad car.

"Even when she was holding little baby Olivia Ruth against her chest in the hospital so the two of them can bond skin to skin, she talked about wanting to get back to work and saving that maternity leave for the time Olivia Ruth would come home," said Rev. William Bond. 

The new mom enjoyed volunteering and promoting the youth, even coaching the local boys and girls club baseball team.

The Omaha police chief says she will leave a legacy of breaking down barriers.

"The greatest aspect in knowing Kerrie was she got people to look past the fact that she was a police officer," said Todd Schmaderer, Omaha police chief. "She had a way of connecting and getting you to see past the uniform and to see her just as a person."

Outside the funeral, thousands of law enforcement officers from all over the country were in there to pay their respects, including some here locally.

"She's someone that all of us should strive to be. I mean she had done so much in her short lifespan, short career that some of us will never do in our entire career," said Lt. Jason Feaker with the Waterloo Police Department.

Six Cedar Rapids police officers, five from Waterloo, and two from Cedar Falls and Marion all traveled to Omaha.  
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