MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - A funeral procession for fallen Mooresville Police Officer Jordan Sheldon, who was shot and killed while conducting a routine traffic stop in Mooresville last week, stretched for 14 miles as it made it’s way up Interstate 77 to the Mooresville Police Department Friday.
The procession started after 1 p.m. at Calvary Church on Pineville-Matthews Road, where services for Sheldon were held around 11 a.m.
Hundreds of people attended Officer Sheldon’s memorial service, including law enforcement officers from both North Carolina and South Carolina as well as friends, family, and members of the community.
On Friday night, the Town of Mooresville sent the “final call” in remembrance of Officer Sheldon.
“We wanted to show our kids that it was important to honor those who protect us and just go out every day to make sure that we can do our everyday, you know," said Shiloh Qasserras, watching with her family from the Huntersville-Mount Holly Road overpass.
The Huntersville Fire Department raised a large American flag over I-77 from that overpass.
WBTV’s Ben Williamson said the funeral was touching, a fitting tribute to a man loved and respected by so many.
The size of the procession that left the south Charlotte church hammered that point home.
WBTV’s David Whisenant, who reported from the overpass on Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road, called the actions by the Huntersville Fire Department “a wonderful tribute.”
Hundreds of flowers, signs and cards piled up around a Mooresville Police car outside of police headquarters, placed there by people who both knew the officer and those who just want to comfort the department.
Officials say Sheldon was an alum of UNC Charlotte. He graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a minor in sociology.
Officer Sheldon’s brother Carson Ledford set up a GoFundMe campaign for the family.