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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Hundreds turned out for the funeral of a slain Georgia police officer whose killing prompted a days-long manhunt for a suspect who surrendered live television.

WSB-TV reports that an honor guard lined the streets of Athens on Sunday as the body of Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian was escorted to the city's Classic Center.

Police say 33-year-old Jamie Hood fatally shot Christian on Tuesday, when he also shot and seriously wounded Officer Tony Howard.

Tom Smith, the assistant police chief in Athens-Clarke County, tells the Athens Banner-Herald that Hood is also suspected in the December slaying of county employee Kenneth Omari Wray.

Tuesday's shootings happened as officers were seeking Hood in connection with a kidnapping. Smith says the kidnapping victim was connected to Wray but wouldn't elaborate.

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