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OPP officer shot in line of duty on Manitoulin Island to be laid to rest Saturday

A photo of slain OPP Const. Marc Hovingh and his family. GoFundMe

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money to help the much-loved officer’s family.

His funeral will be held at Manitoulin Secondary School starting 1 p.m.

To watch the processional and the funeral service livestream, click on Facebook.com/OntarioProvincialPolice.

Anyone in the Manitoulin Island area can also watch the funeral livestream outdoors from their vehicle at 181 Harbourview Rd in Little Current, otherwise known as the Country-Fest Grounds.

Those who choose to attend the drive-in are required to register in advance by visiting country103fm.ca/marc-hovingh-memorial-service-registration/.

The drive-in capacity is limited to 200 vehicles.

An Ontario Provincial Police officer killed in the line of duty on Manitoulin Island last week will be laid to rest Saturday.

Const. Marc Hovingh was killed in a Nov. 19 shooting that also left a civilian dead in Gore Bay, Ont.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is to attend the service, though the Ontario Provincial Police Association says the funeral will otherwise be private with attendance available via livestream.

Hovingh, who was 52, was one of the officers who responded to a call on Nov. 19 regarding an “unwanted man” on a property.

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According to the Special Investigations Unit — Ontario’s police watchdog — Hovingh and civilian Gary Brohman, 60, died in hospital after an exchange of gunfire.

Hovingh, a 28-year veteran of the service, is survived by his wife Lianne and children Laura, Nathan, Elena and Sarah.

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