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Police, community say goodbye to fallen Officer Alyn Beck

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Officer Alyn Beck (Source: LVMPD) Officer Alyn Beck (Source: LVMPD)
Police officers and others gather outside the Smith Center for the Performing Arts ahead of Officer Alyn Beck's funeral on Saturday, June 14. (Danielle Miller/FOX5) Police officers and others gather outside the Smith Center for the Performing Arts ahead of Officer Alyn Beck's funeral on Saturday, June 14. (Danielle Miller/FOX5)
Pallbearers carry the casket of Officer Alyn Beck inside Smith Center for services on June 14, 2014. (FOX5) Pallbearers carry the casket of Officer Alyn Beck inside Smith Center for services on June 14, 2014. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Family, friends and fellow officers gathered at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday morning to say goodbye to fallen Metro Officer Alyn Beck.

Beck was one of two Metro officers who lost their lives in a shooting in northeast Las Vegas on Sunday morning.

The 41-year-old was a loving father, husband and devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Following a brief procession, the ceremony at the Smith Center started at 9 a.m. The performing arts center holds about 2,000 people.

Alyn Beck's brother, Joseph Beck, and sister, Elizabeth Krmpotich, described him as athletic, tenacious and a tough taskmaster. However, they said, he was dedicated to serving others and was most comfortable helping others to succeed.

Officer Mike Bland, who worked with Alyn Beck at Metro's training academy, said people loved his personality, humor and respected his intellect.

Metro Sgt. Jimmy Oaks said Alyn Beck was well on his way to becoming a sergeant himself. He described him as a remarkable mentor, teacher and friend.

Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie delivered an eloquent speech, acknowledging the existence of evil but saying it can never take away Alyn Beck's legacy and lasting influence.

"Remember, an officer who does his duty never dies in vain, and good people like Officer Alyn Beck will live on through his children and his law enforcement family," Gillespie said. "To his family, we will stand with you in your grief and we will be there to make sure his place in history is secure and Alyn Beck is never forgotten.

The program concluded with a prayer from Alyn Beck's friend, Bill Hill, and an honor guard tribute.

Family friend Ryan Dennett earlier this week described Beck as fun loving and absolutely devoted to his wife Nicole and their three children. He also loved being a police officer and had recently tested for a promotion to sergeant.

Dennett said Beck's church family has rallied together, providing meals and housing for members of the Beck family.

Beck's body will be flown to his home state of Wyoming, where he will be laid to rest.

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