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Corrections officer laid to rest

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Source: Georgia Department of Corrections Source: Georgia Department of Corrections

After friends and family said goodbye over the weekend to one of two corrections officers shot and killed last week, the second officer was laid to rest Tuesday. Two escaped inmates are accused of shooting them.

The funeral for 42 year-old Christopher Monica was held at First United Methodist Church in Milledgeville.

Law enforcement officers from across Georgia and other states attend the service to pay their respects.

His niece, Brooke Lawson, shared an emotional tribute.

"There was never a moment when Chris hesitated for his family. He would give you the shirt off of his back. He traveled 15 hours to meet a new baby or come to a family picnic, he organized doctor's appointments and had no problem being the caregiver after surgeries," she said.

"We will miss his selflessness and kindness, his smile and his kisses. But we will never forget. God has filled our lives, our hearts and our minds with so much joy because of Chris," Lawson said. 

Sergeant Monica is survived by his wife, two daughters and two grandchildren. 

Monica and Sergeant Curtis Billue were fatally shot and killed on a prison transport bus. Donnie Rowe and Ricky DuBose are charged in the murders. It happened as they were being transported from Baldwin County State Prison in Milledgeville to the Georgia Diagnostic Classification Prison near Jackson.

Rowe and DuBose led police on a multi-state manhunt before being apprehended days later in rural Tennessee.

Monica had worked for the facility for nearly eight years after being hired in October of 2009. Billue was nearing his 10th anniversary with the facility after being hired in July of 2007.

Billue was laid to rest on Saturday in McIntyre, Ga.

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