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Funeral set for paralyzed detective who forgave shooter

  • FILE – In this Aug. 30, 2004 file photo, New York Police Officer Steven McDonald, recites the Pledge of Allegiance for the morning session of the Republican National Convention in Madison Square Garden in New York. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, the officials said McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace, after he publicly forgave the shooter, died at the age of 59. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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  • FILE – In this July 5, 2006 file photo, paralyzed New York City police officer Steven McDonald poses with his wife Patti McDonald in their home in Malverne, N. Y. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace, after he publicly forgave the shooter, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the age of 59. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

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  • FILE – In this Aug. 31, 2004 file photo, disabled former New York police officer Steven McDonald addresses of persons, who as members of the family to stand next to him in Madison Square Garden during the Republican National Convention in New York. McDonald, who was paralyzed by a bullet and became an international voice for peace, after he publicly forgave the shooter, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at the age of 59 years. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

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NEW YORK – the Funeral is set for a New York City police officer known for publicly forgiving a teen gunman who in 1986 left him paralyzed from the neck down.

The funeral for Detective Steven McDonald is scheduled for Friday morning at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in new york.

The 59-year-old McDonald, died on Tuesday, 30 years after the robbery suspect Shavod Jones shot him in Central Park. The officer publicly forgave his opponent and went to an international voice for peace.

McDonald had spoken of his hope that Jones would have him on speaking tours. But shortly after Jones’ release from prison in 1995, he died in a motorcycle accident.

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