hey waited and waited for two hours or more, to say goodbye to Officer David Smith.
Samantha McMullen is a friend of the Smith family. "They want to be supportive they want to celebrate his life but at the same time it's a very senseless, sad situation.
Among the hundreds coming to say their goodbyes was a group of nearly 50 retired members from the Johnson City Police Department, including Michael Cashman and Paul Burnett. Some of them came from across the country to be back in the southern tier. They wore black cloth over their police badges as a way to honor and remember a man who many of these officers worked with for over a decade.
"As partners, there weren't actual partners, but when you went out on a scene where it was going to be something where more than one officer would go, we found ourselves together. When terrible things are happening, he kept it light, he kept us happy and he kept us coming back," says Cashman.
"You're injured, you're damaged, your breath is taken away. It's not supposed to happen in a small community. It's never supposed to happen in Johnson City, but it did. You immediately think of his immediate family," says Burnett.
Many friends who grew up with Officer Smith say they are proud to be able to be here to support his wife and son after losing him.
Trisha Watts grew up and went to church with Officer Smith. "I think its great everybody's pulling together in this time it's great to see that the family's got support from, everybody," says Watts.
When Officer Smith is laid to rest, officials expect to see up to four thousand people to attend, including representatives from the CIA, FBI and the New York City Police Department.