Fox Lake officer laid to rest in Antioch, Illinois

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Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz was laid to rest in Antioch, Illinois

Officer of 30 years led mentoring and training program for youths

Police so far have revealed only the genders, races of the suspects

(CNN) —  

The funeral for Fox Lake, Illinois, police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, who was fatally shot last week, drew thousands of mourners, including hundreds of police officers, to Antioch, Illinois, on Monday.

Meanwhile, the search continues for two white men and a black man who police say are suspected in the shooting.

Gliniewicz’s casket arrived Monday morning at Antioch Community High School. There was a public viewing as well as a special viewing for Gliniewicz’s law enforcement colleagues ahead of the 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) service.

A procession then headed to Hillside East Cemetery, where Gliniewicz was laid to rest. Gov. Bruce Rauner ordered that all state and U.S. flags at government buildings be flown at half-staff until Monday evening.

Who was Joe Gliniewicz?

Authorities announced no major developments in the case over the weekend, but investigators said Friday that they had found a significant piece of evidence at the site where Gliniewicz was killed.

Lake County Major Crime Task Force commander George Filenko wouldn’t specify what type of evidence was discovered, only that a person had located it.

Authorities have disclosed few details about the case, and the description of the suspects has been limited to their races and genders. Police have obtained video, but it’s unclear what the footage contains.

“Based on what we’re seeing and some of the preliminary results in the videos, we’re believing and going into the direction that there is somebody within the police department here or within our investigative group that’s going to be able to identify these individuals,” Filenko said.

Filenko confirmed at a news conference last week that the officer’s .40-caliber pistol was found at the scene.

The last day of work

But his death has not deterred one of his Explorers.

The lieutenant made the first call at 7:52 a.m. and called three minutes later to request backup. The backup units arrived at 8:01 and found their fellow officer dead, roughly 50 yards from his vehicle, at 8:09, Filenko said.

Authorities searched across tricky terrain and brought in helicopters, dogs, federal agents, night-vision equipment and body-heat sensors. Police cleared every building in a 2-square-mile, cordoned-off area and fielded more than 100 tips, Filenko said.

“It truly makes (me) want to become a police officer more and more and to fill his important work and continue doing what he did,” Arbay said.

Besides a home security video that Filenko mentioned Thursday, police said they also have one video from a truck driver who had a camera in his vehicle and was in the area Tuesday.

An autopsy was completed, but authorities aren’t releasing the results yet, Filenko said. The Northern Illinois Police Crime Laboratory is expediting its review of evidence to determine whether there was any fingerprint or DNA transfer.

“Joe was my best friend and my world. My hero,” Melodie Gliniewicz told more than 1,000 people at the candlelight vigil.

CNN’s Jason Hanna, Holly Yan, Deborah Feyerick, Tina Burnside, Ryan Young and Rosa Flores contributed to this report.