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Slain Chicago Officer John Rivera laid to rest Friday

CHICAGO -- A funeral mass was held on the Far Southeast Side for slain Chicago police Officer John Rivera.

The service was held around 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Annunciata, 11128 S. Avenue G. Community members lined the streets to honor the late officer as a procession was held to the church.

Hundreds filed into a funeral home Thursday for the visitation.

The 23-year-old officer was off-duty when he was repeatedly shot while sitting in a car with three friends after visiting a pizza bar early Saturday in Chicago's River North area. Another person was injured.

The alleged gunman, Menelik Jackson, 24, of South Holland, was charged with murder and attempted murder, along with Jovan Battle, 32, of Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke ordered the two men held without bond.

The gunman opened fire on the first Hispanic man he saw after a petty dispute with a group of Latinos an hour earlier.

"I guess he settled for the first Hispanic he saw," Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

Investigators are searching for the third man who was with Battle and Jackson during the shooting.

Rivera was a graduate of Brother Rice High School.

Rivera had been on the force for two-years.

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