WILMINGTON (CBS/AP) – Thousands of police officers attended the funeral Friday for a veteran Woburn officer who was shot and killed last weekend.

About 2,000 police officers from around New England paid their final respects to 60-year-old John Maguire at Aleppo Shrine Auditorium in Wilmington. 

WBZ Radio’s Lana Jones reports

A gauntlet of officers lined the road leading to the auditorium, while color guards from at least three dozen local police departments formed a circle at the entrance.  

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Woburn Police Officer John Maguire was killed in the line of duty on December 26. (credit: Woburn Police Dept.)

Career criminal Dominic Cinelli killed Maguire during a robbery at a Kohl’s department store during the blizzard the day after Christmas. Cinelli was also shot and killed.

“When our loved ones go off to work, they deserve to come home,” Woburn Police Chief Phillip Mahoney said at the service.

“He gave his life for the city of Woburn and its citizens, yet Desiree (Maguire’s wife), sadly, he’s not coming home.”

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports.

“This never should have happened,” Mahoney said.  “His family’s going to miss him.  We’re going to miss him.”

Officer Maguire leaves behind a wife and three children.

They spoke briefly to Gov. Deval Patrick and Senator Scott Brown after the service.

Police are waiting until after the funeral to speak publicly about Cinelli and the fact the state parole board set him free last year, despite knowing that Cinelli was serving three life sentences.

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Comments (8)
  1. Donald Fiorillo says:

    My prayers go out to the family. A low life takes the life of of a good man. I hope the parole board members that set Cinelli , free never get to sleep at night.

  2. Kathy says:

    My heart goes out to the family & police officers, I,m so sorry for your loss. My father was a policeofficer for over 21 yrs & I recently lost him to, I know your pain. God Bless you all. Thankyou Jack for all you.ve done for eveyone.

  3. John says:

    Thanks Jack. May God bless your family during the difficult days that lie ahead.

  4. HLPeary says:

    WBZ dropped the ball on coverage today…Judge Judy was more important to them…Rest in Peace, Officer Maguire.

  5. Vote Saxon says:

    Everybody screams “how can this happen,how did a lifer get out of jail?Some heads should roll”.Dominic Cinelli,a cop’s kid,that’s how.Leona Helmsley (billionaire New York City hotel emperorees once said “We don’t pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes”,is like the cops in general.The cops (in their minds) aren’t required to obey all the laws,only the lowly taxpayers are.The cops kids feel entitled to do what ever they want…just like their cop parent[s].Remember Boston cop union president,Thomas Nee?His kid planed an execution of hundreds of students Columbine style.Joseph Nee was convicted of conspiracy to commit mass murder but ONLY SERVED 9 MONTHS (don’t be surprised if Joseph Nee has a “Dominic Cinelli moment”.Blame the parole board all you want but the parents (cops) have to teach their little psychos right from wrong and this tragedy just highlights this.For the most part don’t worry,if Dominic Cinelli’s parents were carpenters,mechanics,cafeteria staff,etc,he’d never “see the light of day”.Again,how did this happen,it’s called entitlement.

    1. jake says:

      This page is to show your respect for the fallen Officer. I f you are trying to talk bad about the Police and bring shame to his honor this just goes to show how pathetic you are. If you have something negative to say about the Police this isnt the page for it.

  6. Ellen says:

    It was a beautiful service for a man that well deserved it. I respect that fact that Scott Brown was there and noticed how absent John Kerry was. Never would I vote for Kerry again, a stupid move on his part.

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