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Funeral procession for fallen Webster Parish deputy, Doyline officer set for Friday

Webster Parish deputy and Doyline officer, William "Billy" Earl Collins Jr., was killed while...
Webster Parish deputy and Doyline officer, William "Billy" Earl Collins Jr., was killed while on duty on Friday, July 9, 2021.(KSLA)
Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 4:05 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 16, 2021 at 7:35 PM CDT
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BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - The funeral for fallen Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy and Doyline officer, William “Billy” Earl Collins Jr., 53, was held on Friday, July 16. He was shot and killed while on duty on July 9.

The 53-year-old’s life was celebrated during a public service at 11 a.m. at First Bossier. Then the funeral procession traveled from the Bossier City church to Haughton for the graveside service in Hill Crest Memorial Park, the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office says.

Representatives of law enforcement agencies from throughout the region and from out of state were among those who attended the services.

Before arriving at the cemetery, Collins was transferred from a hearse to a horse-drawn carriage. The same carriage was used five years ago to transport officers killed in the line of duty in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

Many got out of their cars and lined the streets to pay their respects during the procession to the cemetery.

The graveside service included the playing of taps, a helicopter flyover and a flag folding presentation.

On Thursday night, a “Sea of Blue” procession was held following visitation. Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country participated. Tributes to Collins have poured in from many other agencies and the community.

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