New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw laid to rest Wednesday afternoon


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Lower Burrell – New Kensington, Pa. – With heavy hearts, the Law Enforcement Community and the New Kensington Police Department honored their Brother Police Officer Brian Shaw who was shot and killed last Friday night.

Officer Shaw, age 25 of Lower Burrell was a rookie with the New Kensington Police Department and formerly worked for the communities of Cheswick, East Deer and Frazer Township in his early law enforcement career.

Officer Shaw graduated from Burrell High School in 2010 and was football player at Slippery Rock University where he earned his degree in criminal justice before joining the Allegheny County Police Academy.


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Shaw’s alleged killer, Rahmael Sal Holt was apprehended in Hazelwood early Tuesday morning and was brought to the District Frank J. Pallone’s courtroom for a preliminary arraignment under heavy police presence outside the office. Holt is charged with with Homicide Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer in the First Degree and other charges.


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Officer Shaw’s funeral procession began Wednesday morning on Leechburg Road in Lower Burrell. A massive turnout of Law Enforcement Officials, friends, family and the community at large lined Leechburg Road to honor and pay respects to the man who graced everyone with his infectious smile. The procession transitioned from Lower Burrell to New Kensington ending at Mount St. Peter’s Church on Freeport Road for a Catholic mass.


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Thousands of Law Enforcement Officers attended the funeral gathered outside the church as Officer Shaw’s casket arrived at he church. Eulogies presented by Frazer Township Police Chief Terry Kuhns and New Kensington Police Chief Jim Klein stirred emotions of everyone attending. Funeral services were broadcast live on all three major Pittsburgh networks. With the Mass completed, Officer Shaw’s pallbearers left the church where a final procession proceeded on Freeport Road to Greenwood Cemetery in Lower Burrell.

Along the procession route, thousands of people lined the road as Officer Shaw passed by. Young children waved the American Flag while others cried or saluted the fallen officer. A very large contingency of Law Enforcement Officers in police cars wailed sirens with flashing lights along the procession route to honor Officer Shaw and his unwavering commitment to Law Enforcement.


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