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following a procession transporting the bodies of Westerville Police Officer Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli from the Franklin County Coroners Office to the Hill and Moreland funeral homes in Westerville, Ohio. (Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch via AP ...


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By Andrew Welsh-Huggins - Associated Press Flowers and signs adorn a Westerville Police car at a memorial outside the police department Monday, Feb12, 2018, following a procession transporting the bodies of Westerville Police Officer Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli from the Franklin County Coroners Office to the Hill and Moreland funeral homes in Westerville, Ohio (Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch via AP) FILE - These undated file photos provided by the City of Westerville, Ohio show Officers Eric Joering, 39, left, and Anthony Morelli, 54, who were fatally shot while responding to a hang-up 9-1-1 call on Saturday, Feb10, 2018 Police in the Columbus suburb of Westerville on Monday, Feb12 will escort the bodies of two slain officers as they're moved from a coroner's office to separate funeral homesOfficials invited the public to line the route as the bodies are transported Monday to honor the officers (City of Westerville via AP, File) The Police escort of Westerville Police officers Morelli and Joering home from Franklin County Coroners office today as they head north of SState Street in Westerville, Ohio, Monday, Feb12, 2018(Adam Cairns/The Columbus Dispatch via AP) ins{background:none;} COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The families of two Ohio police officers fatally shot while responding to a 911 hang-up call have expressed their gratitude for their community and for the outpouring of support shown in the midst of their loss.The officers from the northeast Columbus suburb of Westerville, 39-year-old Eric Joering and 54-year-old Anthony Morelli, were shot Saturday at a townhome where the suspect was wounded.In a statement released late Monday, the officers’ families requested privacy and said they need time to heal.“We have seen and heard so much from people who have shared stories about how our men impacted their livesThey will be so greatly missed, not only by us, but by everyone they touched,” the statement said.Westerville police tweeted their own appreciation Tuesday.“‘Thank you’ does not seem adequate to express what we want to convey to our community, our law enforcement brothers & sisters, and the businesses and people across the US who have shown their support and love to usWe are forever changed,” the tweet said.A combined funeral will be held for the officers Friday afternoon at StPaul Catholic Church in Westerville, police chief Joe Morbitzer said TuesdayThe City of Westerville will livestream the event.The chief also announced that arrangements are being made for Joering’s police dog to remain with the officer’s widow and young daughters.The wounded suspect, Quentin Smith, 30, is expected to surviveHe has been charged with aggravated murderCourt records didn’t show an attorney for him.A man accused of providing Smith with the gun used in the killings was arrested Monday.Gerald Lawson, 30, of suburban Cleveland, was charged with aiding and abetting the possession of a firearm by a prohibited personHe’s accused of buying the gun for Smith, a close friend, last summer.Lawson was scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday in federal court in ColumbusCourt records don’t list an attorney for him. .neFileBlock { margin-bottom: 20px; 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