Westerville police officers killed in line of duty escorted to funeral homes

Law enforcement escort of 2 fallen Westerville police officers (WBNS-10TV)
Funeral home escort for fallen Westerville police officers
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WESTERVILLE, Ohio – A funeral home escort took place Monday for the Westerville police officers killed in the line of duty over the weekend.

Hundreds lined streets and highway overpasses during the procession. People honoring the officers included schoolchildren, community members and firefighters.

Police escorted 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli from a county coroner's office to separate funeral homes.

The officers were shot Saturday while responding to a 911 hang-up call at a townhome where 30-year-old suspect Quentin Smith was wounded.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien says Smith could be eligible for the death penalty because the victims were police officers killed in the line of duty.

Westerville Police Officers Anthony Morelli, left, and Eric Joering, right
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On Monday, Governor John R. Kasich ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff in honor of the lives and service of the fallen officers. Flags will fly half-staff at all public buildings and grounds throughout the State of Ohio through their interments.

Kasich’s order reads: “In honor of the lives and service of Westerville Police Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, I hereby proclaim, by the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Ohio by the Ohio Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flags of the United States of America and the State of Ohio shall be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout the state of Ohio effective immediately through their interments.”