Cross placed at site where Gary officer killed

Hundreds of police officers salute as family and friends escort the casket off Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield as they leave the Genesis Convention Center in Gary following funeral services, Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Genesis Center in Gary, Ind. (AP Photo/The Times of Northwest Indiana, John Luke)
Hundreds of police officers salute as family and friends escort the casket off Gary Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield as they leave the Genesis Convention Center in Gary following funeral services, Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Genesis Center in Gary, Ind. (AP Photo/The Times of Northwest Indiana, John Luke)

GARY, Ind. (AP) — A simple white cross with the name and badge number of a slain Gary police officer now marks the spot where he was fatally shot.

A group of police officers gathered Wednesday with members of Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield’s family for a ceremony placing the cross.

Joe Hamer of the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police led a prayer urging everyone to keep the family in their thoughts, as well as those investigating the July 6 shooting and for the safety of all officers. Westerfield’s tearful daughters placed flowers near the cross.

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich says detectives are still building the case against a man jailed on an unrelated warrant who they believe shot Westerfield. Buncich says detectives are looking into tips coming from the $10,000 reward that’s been offered.

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