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(NBC Chicago) - Thousands gathered to pay their respects on Labor Day to fallen Fox Lake, Illinois, Lieutenant Joe Gliniewicz at a public visitation, funeral and funeral procession. 

Hundreds lined up for a public viewing Monday at Antioch High School at 1133 Main Street from 9 to 11 a.m. in Antioch, Illinois. The funeral service will start at 1 p.m. at the same location.

Following the service a procession to Hillside East Cemetery (450 East Depot Street, Antioch) will occur, where Lt. Gliniewicz will be laid to rest.

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With limited space inside the school, people are encouraged to line the funeral procession rows and bring signs to pay tribute.

The funeral procession will wind through Antioch and Fox Lake, past the police department where Gliniewicz served, past the schools where he worked with young people, and through the downtown he patrolled.

With a purple bunting over its welcome sign, Fox Lake is a village in mourning.

“The sadness pervades the entire community,” said Joe Ahern, CEO of 100 Club of Chicago. “But you can also see the resolve in the police department and all the state and local law enforcement that are here to help catch these guys.”

Hundreds gathered Wednesday evening to honor the slain officer at an emotional candlelight vigil. Gliniewicz was on the brink of retiring after a 30-year career in law enforcement when he was gunned down in the line of duty Tuesday.

He was the first on-duty officer who was shot and killed in Lake County in 35 years. Many expressed that they were not only grieving for the loss of an officer, but also for the loss of a family man, a friend and valued member of the community.

While the manhunt for his killers intensifies, businesses and residents in the Chain O' Lakes region continue to show their support to the police force and wife and four sons he left behind.

“The outpouring of support from the Fox Lake Community and the area surrounding us has been unbelievably tremendous,” said Lake County sheriff's Detective Chris Covelli.

For businesses who worked closely with the department, the loss is especially painful.

"We lost a very, very great officer,” said Mario Martinez, who has owned local the local lakefront landmark Dockers restaurant for more than 18 years. “It's a shame what happens to a community, what else can I say.”

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