ST. LOUIS ( --- Loved ones said their final goodbyes to David Dorn, a retired St. Louis police captain, Wednesday at a funeral held in St. Louis.

David Dorn

Retired St. Louis police Captain David Dorn was shot and killed outside Lee's Pawn and Jewelry early Tuesday morning.

Public visitation was held Tuesday from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church at 915 North Taylor Ave. The following day, family and police personnel gathered for a private funeral at Saint Louis Friendly Temple on Martin Luther King Drive at 10 a.m.

The church was filled to capacity and social distancing restrictions meant many mourners had to remain on the sidewalk to pay their respects.

After a night of protests against police brutality, Dorn, 77, was shot and killed by looters outside of Lee's Pawn and Jewelry in North City Tuesday night. He spent 38 years with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department before becoming the police chief in Moline Acres. 

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There was no media coverage allowed inside the church during the service, which was followed by a funeral procession to Valhalla Cemetery in north St. Louis County. 

Dorn helped out the owners of Lee's Pawn and Jewelry due to his extensive background in police work. When the business' alarm would go off, Dorn would check it out.

Helen Martin said she became friends with Dorn and he helped her come up with ways to protect her business on Washington Avenue and her customers. 

"I broke out in tears immediately because I couldn't believe that something that devastating and horrible could happen to such a wonderful and incredible human being," Martin said. 

Loved ones and community members got to say their final goodbyes to David Dorn, a retired St. Louis police captain Tuesday. Dorn was shot and killed last week defending a north St. Louis pawn shop from looters during the violent riots.

Wednesday, St. Louis Mayor Lydra Krewson was among the mourners, along with Police Chief John Hayden, Public Safety Director Judge Jimmie Edwards, Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson, St. Louis County councilmember Tim Fitch and St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell.

"He was a real hero so my prayers go out to his family and the entire police department family who knew him," Mayor Krewson said.

"I knew a lot of people who knew Captain Dorn and I never heard one ill word said about him," Bell added. 

All of those who attended Tuesday's public visitation described Dorn as selfless, kind and humble. 

"David Dorn is my son's father-in-law," Emma Washington said. "And I knew him for years and years. We were just like one family all together."

The line to get inside the chapel Tuesday stretched down the block.

"He is such a wonderful, caring person. He wanted to do anything for everybody," Washington said. "If we needed anything done he would do it. He would come and help us."

Donations can be made to a memorial fund, CrimeStoppers, and BackStoppers.

Masks were mandatory to attend both ceremonies and social distancing was implemented due to health concerns. 

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