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Funeral services begin Thursday evening to honor El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- Tribute services to honor the late El Paso Police Chief Gregory K. Allen begin Thursday evening.

Multiple speakers were present at Thursday's tribute service including Sgt. Javier Sambrano, Pastor Sama Faraone, Mayor Oscar Leeser, City Manager Tommy Gonzalez, Senator César Blanco, and Ronald Bowling.

El Paso City Manager Tommy Gonzalez said, "He truly was a good man. I told him that once. I wish I had told him that more often. He knew I reserved that for just a few, but he was one of those few."

Gonzalez said he was personally impacted by Chief Allen. He said the chief cared about rebuilding the police department.

The city manager said the chief's beliefs never changed.

"A man of conviction, who despite changing social trends and views, remained consistent in who he was- steadfastly committed to exemplifying a life of service to our community, that was our beloved chief. He did that for El Paso."

Mayor Oscar Leeser said the chief's legacy will live on.

"Even though he isn't here today, the chief will always be with us. The things that he taught us and the things that he implemented, we continue to do."

Texas Senator Cesar Blanco said Chief Allen was proud of his city. He also said the chief took pride in protecting the city.

The star on the mountain was lit in blue Thursday evening in honor of Chief Greg Allen.

Family members and the City of El Paso invite the community to both scheduled services.

Thursday's service will be at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center.

Doors open at 5 p.m., but the service is from 6 to 9 p.m.

Chief Allen will be lying-in-state, allowing the public to pay their respects.

Community members can also offer hand-written or electronic condolences to the Allen family.

City officials said parking at the Convention Center and the Union Plaza Parking Garage will be free.

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