Thousands of mourners and fellow mounties lined the streets of Moncton, Canada, on Tuesday morning to honor the three police officers gunned down during a bloody rampage last week.
"They gave their lives protecting the beautiful city of Moncton. They did not hesitate to put themselves in harm's way," said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, who oversees the Moncton division. "It is for that reason that they were exceptional men."
The violent rampage froze the city of 70,000 for nearly two days as police hunted the gunman. Said to be armed with rifles, knives, handguns and a crossbow, Bourque eventually surrendered to police early Friday morning.
He has been charged with three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder. Bourque is due back in court on July 3.
The ambush of the Canadian officers came just days before two Las Vegas police officers were shot to death while eating lunch. An armed civilian who tried to intervene in the assault at a shopping center was also killed. The assailants, a married couple, died when the wife shot her husband before turning the gun on herself.
As he stood before photos of the fallen officers, Brown struggled to speak, giving the deceased one final order before departing the podium.
"Constable Gevaudan, Constable Ross, Constable Larche," Brown said, tearing up. "To your post. Dismissed."