HOWELL TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A sea of blue is mourning the loss of a slain New Jersey police officer.

Hundreds of officers from around the state lined the parking lot of a funeral home in Howell Township where the wake for Lakewood Patrolman Christopher Matlosz was being held Wednesday.

A hundred uniformed officers wearing white gloves saluted in total silence as relatives of the slain officer were driven into the lot.

Other officers cried and hugged one another.

Stephen Gibson, a civilian State Police employee who knew Matlosz for 12 years, said the officer asked him the day before he was killed to be part of his wedding party. Matlosz was to be married in April 2012.

Nineteen-year-old Jamell Crockam of Lakewood has been charged with shooting Matlosz.

The officer’s funeral is Thursday.

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