(LOS ANGELES) — Airports around the United States observed a moment of silence Friday in memory of the first Transportation Security Administration officer killed in the line of duty.
Gerardo Hernandez, a 39-year-old father of two, was killed by a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport a week ago.
At the L.A. airport, TSA officers paused Friday as taps played inside Terminal 3, where Hernandez was shot and killed. Passengers stood, many with luggage at their sides and heads bowed in honor of the fallen officer.
A memorial service for Hernandez will be held next week in Los Angeles.
The alleged gunman, identified by the FBI as 23-year-old Paul Ciancia, is still in the hospital with bullet wounds. Ciancia was carrying a note with him suggesting he was anti-government and expected to die in an airport shootout, according to law enforcement sources.
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