Police officers gather in Moncton for Mountie memorial

Pallbearers carry the casket of one of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers who were killed...

Pallbearers carry the casket of one of three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers who were killed last week during a regimental funeral in Moncton, New Brunswick, June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:36 PM ET

Thousands of police officers are in Moncton, N.B., Tuesday to attend the funeral of three RCMP constables who were shot and killed last week in the line of duty.

Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, Dave Joseph Ross and Douglas James Larch were killed June 4 when they responded to calls from concerned citizens about a man walking around a north-end neighbourhood with firearms. Two other officers were injured.

Justin Bourque, 24, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

The officers from across the country who arrived in Moncton are expected to be joined by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston, among other dignitaries.

So many officers were expected at the funeral that on Monday, Mayor George LeBlanc put a call out to residents to open their homes as all the hotel rooms in the city were booked. Within hours, more than 875 people had offered to host officers.

Hundreds of citizens are also expected to line the processional route as the caskets carrying the bodies of the three Mounties moves through the streets on its way to the Moncton Coliseum beginning at approximately 10:45 a.m. AT.

The funeral is set to begin at 1 p.m. The city has set up public viewing sites as there won't be enough room in the coliseum to hold everyone.

Thursday afternoon, Ross' widow, Rachael, put out a statement saying Ross was "a devoted and attentive father" to their son, Austin. She called her husband "a man of integrity who put his all into everything he did."

An avid outdoorsman, Ross loved dogs, including his current police dog, Danny. When the couple first started dating, he had a dog named Art.

"Rachael and Dave's relationship blossomed going for walks with Art. When Dave and Rachael would hold hands, Art would often try to nose their hands apart because he wanted all of Dave's attention. These were very special memories the couple shared," the statement said.


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