May 27, 2016 4:23 PM

Funeral held for Massachusetts police officer killed during traffic stop

The Associated Press

CHARLTON, Mass. (AP) - The youngest sister of a Massachusetts police officer killed by a driver he pulled over remembered her brother for his sense of humor and his willingness to help anyone.

Caitlin Tarentino delivered the eulogy for Auburn Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. at his funeral Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Charlton.

She made the mourners laugh when she remembered the place of privilege her big brother had as the first-born child in an Italian family. She said it made him "kind of a big deal," and earned him the nickname "the Prince."

She was followed by Auburn Chief Andrew Sluckis, who said he never heard a single complaint about Tarentino, who had earned his deepest respect and trust.

His wife thanked everyone for the huge outpouring of support her family has received since her husband's death.

Tricia Tarentino said before her husband's funeral Friday that "It's amazing to see how many lives he has touched and how each of you has shown and expressed your love for him."

She also thanked the children of Auburn and Leicester for their support.

Tarentino's son, Spenser, urged people to be more respectful of police officers.

The funeral at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Charlton was be followed by burial at Greenville Baptist Church Cemetery in Leicester.

The 42-year-old Tarentino, whose father was also a police officer, is survived by three sons in addition to his wife.


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