Family, friends say goodbye to corrections officer

July 26, 2012 2:17:13 PM PDT
Funeral services were held Thursday morning for a Cook County corrections officer killed by a hit-and-run driver last week.

Hundreds of family and friends attended to pay their respects to Nikkii Bostic-Jones and to remember the woman who was so kind to others.

She leaves behind a husband and 6-year-old daughter.

Several sheriff and law enforcement officials were on hand. After the funeral service, there was a procession from the crime scene to the jail and then to the cemetery, where Bostic-Jones was honored with "Taps," bagpipes, a 21-gun salute and a fly-over by a Cook County sheriff's helicopter.

Close friends shared their memories with ABC7.

"She actually took me under her wing when I was a rookie," said North Chicago Police Officer Gary Grayer. "This is the way I pay my respects. When I left the sheriff's department and went on, she gave me the thumb's up and told me to keep going far. That is why I am here."

"I will be praying for her daughter and husband," said friend Michelle Nettles. "She was a family person, and she was always trying to help other people. I just want to be there to do whatever they need me to do."

Juan Bello, 57, was charged in connection with Bostic-Jones's death. He is charged with reckless homicide and leaving the scene of a crash.

Bello has a history of DUIs.

The sheriff's department has determined that Bostic-Jones died in the line of duty, which means her family will receive full benefits.

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