The services are being streamed live on Myfoxla.com they are expecting 10,000 people to attend. The stories that have come out in the last few days have really painted a portrait of a truly good man.

His partner who was also shot that day will be in attendance as well.


Final Farewell to Fallen SWAT Officer Randal Simmons Today
Last Edited: Friday, 15 Feb 2008, 8:55 AM PST Created: Thursday, 14 Feb 2008, 4:14 PM PST Hundreds of mourners filed into a Carson church Thursday for the viewing of Los Angeles police Officer Randy Simmons, who died during a gun battle with a man inside a Winnetka home, becoming the first member of the LAPD's SWAT team killed in the line of duty.

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Los Angeles --
Family, friends and colleagues will say a final farewell Friday morning to fallen LAPD Officer Randal Simmons. The first SWAT officer killed in the line of duty.
And hundreds of mourners filed into a Torrance church Thursday for the viewing of Los Angeles police Officer Randy Simmons, who died during a gun battle with a man inside a Winnetka home, becoming the first member of the LAPD's SWAT team killed in the line of duty.

When the viewing the began at 11 a.m., a line of friends and colleagues already stretched around the building.

The viewing will continue until 8 p.m. at the church, 225 W. Torrance Blvd. Funeral services for Simmons, who was killed early on Feb. 7, are scheduled for 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Crenshaw Christian Faith Dome, 7901 S. Vermont Ave., with burial to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City.

"We're certainly grateful to all those outpourings and expressions of sympathy that we've been receiving, literally from all over the world now," LAPD Chief William Bratton said after attending the viewing. "Our anticipation is tomorrow that this -- reflective of this remarkable young man and the life he led -- will be one of the largest funerals that this department has ever experienced and I think that's a fitting tribute to him." Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also attended the viewing, telling reporters, "It's heartwarming to see so many people who care, who are thankful to the sacrifices that the men and women of the LAPD make every single day."

Simmons, 51, spent more than 20 years on the SWAT team and was active in the community, working with at-risk children and driving them to church services.

Simmons was shot and killed by 20-year-old Edwin Rivera, who gunned down three relatives and then called 911, bringing officers to his home. Simmons, one of several officers who stormed the residence, was shot in the head. Another officer, James Veenstra, 51, was shot in the face but survived and is recovering.

Two other officers suffered minor injuries.

After a lengthy standoff, police fired tear gas into the home and used a battering ram to gain entry. Rivera ran from the home firing a weapon, and he was shot to death by a police sniper, police said.

Simmons is survived by a wife, a 15-year-old son and 13-year-old daughter.

Veenstra has been released from the hospital and is expected to attend Simmons' funeral.


Vermont Avenue will be shut down between Manchester and Florence Avenues, from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.
Also, Slauson Avenue will be closed between Vermont and the city limit, west of Buckler Avenue.
Several bus lines running through that area will be re-routed or delayed