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Law enforcement gather to remember Lee's Summit officer killed in Westport

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Officer Thomas Orr died on Sunday night after he was shot at Californio's on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Lee's Summit Police Department) Officer Thomas Orr died on Sunday night after he was shot at Californio's on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Lee's Summit Police Department)
Orr's body was draped with an American flag as they carefully moved him inside. (Natalie Davis/KCTV5 News) Orr's body was draped with an American flag as they carefully moved him inside. (Natalie Davis/KCTV5 News)
Lee's Summit police officers escorted Orr's body to Abundant Life Church. (KCTV5) Lee's Summit police officers escorted Orr's body to Abundant Life Church. (KCTV5)
Lee's Summit police officers escorted Orr's body to Abundant Life Church. (KCTV5) Lee's Summit police officers escorted Orr's body to Abundant Life Church. (KCTV5)
LEE'S SUMMIT, MO (KCTV) -

Family, friends and area law enforcement will gather Thursday morning to remember a Lee’s Summit police officer who was killed in a shooting at a Westport restaurant.

The memorial service for Officer Thomas Orr at Abundant Life Church in Lee's Summit ended about 11 a.m. Hundreds gathered to remember his life. 

Fraternity brothers from Omega Psi Phi as well as the Chief of Police Travis Forbes spoke during the service.

Though some of the speakers at the memorial service may not have known each other, they all shared a common knowledge of the person Orr was. They all remember him to have an infectious smile and personality, was passionate about his work and loved to enjoy life. 

Some students and staff from Campbell Middle School where the 30-year-old was a new resource officer were also present at the memorial service. 

They presented his family with a frame of several pictures and read a couple letters that parents had written talking about how much of a difference Orr made on their children in just a short time. 

"It takes a special type of officer to work with kids. It's not something that every cop is good at. He just had that gift, and those kids responded to it instantly. Within two weeks they felt like they had known him their whole lives. So we just grieve that loss for what could've been out of that potential," Lee's Summit police Sgt. Chris Depue said.

Orr was killed and a woman was shot in the arm Sunday on the patio of Californos after an argument broke out between patrons. Orr wasn't involved in the dispute.

Depue says Orr will be buried in his hometown outside of Chicago.

A fund has been established in officer Orr's name with the Answering the Call organization.

Donations may be made in Orr's name by sending money to any of the four branches of the Greater Kansas City Public Safety Credit Union.

The branches are located at 2800 E 14th Street, 8320 N Brighton Avenue, 19341 E US-40 Highway, 9701 Marion Park Drive and 10 NE Tudor Road.

In addition, donations can be mailed to, or dropped off at, the Lee's Summit Police Department, located at 10 NE Tudor Road.

Orr's family is asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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