Funeral services are scheduled this week for DeKalb County police officer Edgar Isidro Flores.
Law enforcement escorted his body from DeKalb to Habersham County on Saturday, including along Interstate 985 through Hall County, where people lined the highway to honor his service.
The 24-year-old took gunfire Dec. 13 while pursuing a man who ran from a traffic stop on Candler Road in DeKalb, according to police. He was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta.
He is survived by family in Cornelia and Baldwin.
A funeral service will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Flowery Branch at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19. An earlier service was held Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody.
The off-ramps for I-985 northbound and southbound will be closed to all traffic between 8:30-9 a.m. Wednesday.
“In addition, the intersections at Stonebridge Village Shopping Center and Hog Mountain Road at Spout Springs Road will also be closed to allow (the) procession to pass through,” according to Flowery Branch Police’s Facebook post.
When the service concludes around 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Hog Mountain Road and Spout Springs Road intersection will be closed for roughly 30 minutes. Interment at Yonah Memorial Gardens will follow the Flowery Branch funeral service.
The I-985 northbound off-ramp will be closed, and no northbound traffic will be allowed until the procession clears out of the area on its way to Demorest.
A GoFundMe account was created to help Flores’ long-term girlfriend with “funeral arrangement, memorials and some of Flores’ pending bills,” according to the fundraiser’s summary.
Flores had been hired by the metro Atlanta police force in May 2017.
At roughly age 15, Flores began working for Jaemor Farms in Alto. Jaemor’s Drew Echols on Friday remembered Flores telling him of his dream to be a police officer.
Echols recalled he was a happy and hard worker at the farm.
“Even at 15 years old, (he) worked with grown men and kept up. He did a good job,” Echols said.
Friend Carina Trejo, who came Saturday to watch the procession on I-985, also remembered him as “always happy.”
“He was so humble, he loved to help out people, he was always there when I needed him,” she said.” I’m just going to miss him a lot.”
Shannon Casas and Layne Saliba contributed.