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Slain Detroit police officer's funeral set for Thursday

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DETROIT (WNEM) -

Law enforcement officers from across and beyond Michigan are set to pay their final respects to a Detroit police officer killed in the line of duty. 

Collin Rose, a Wayne State University officer, was a police dog handler who was regularly seen patrolling around Detroit's Ford Field with his canine in tow. Thousands of people paid their final respects on Wednesday to Rose at a public visitation at Ford Field.

Rose was shot in the head while investigating a rash of car break-ins near campus.

Police said a man with a history of assaulting officers shot Rose, who later died at the hospital.

Wayne State University Police Chief Anthony Holt said Rose was the finest K-9 officer in the state.

"I know there's several stages of grief, but right now I can't get past anger," said John Boismier, Flint K-9 officer.

Boismier has gone to plenty of police funerals during his 27 years of service. Wednesday's visitation was different because he was close friends with Rose.

"We came down to Detroit and stayed at the hospital for quite awhile. And we were there when they took him off life support and we escorted his body to the medical examiner's office," Boismier said.

The Detroit Lions made Ford Field available for the visitation because Rose used to be a dog handler for security at events there.

A vigil was held for Rose at Wayne State on Nov. 29. Hundreds turned out to remember his life.

Rose will be laid to rest on Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in suburban St. Claire Shores. 

>>Slideshow: Public visitation for Officer Collin Rose<<

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