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Friends share personal stories of Officer Igor Soldo during service

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Friends share personal stories of Officer Igor Soldo during service

By Victoria Spilabotte. CREATED Jun 12, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas community said goodbye to a fallen hero, gunned down in a deadly ambush last Sunday.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Igor Soldo was laid to rest on Thursday.

Family, friends say goodbye to Officer Igor Soldo

The church service was held at Canyon Ridge Christian Church, where more than 3,000 people came to pay their respects to Soldo.

Friends said he had a tough shell on the outside, but once you got to know him he was really fun-loving.

Soldo's brother, Robert Soldo, who is also a police officer in their home state of Nebraska spoke at the funeral and said he wishes he could have taken that fatal bullet for his brother.

"Great father, great brother, great man. Once again, if I'm only half the man that he is, I will be a happy, happy man. Mom, dad, Aug. 26 you gave me a brother, he became a police officer. If you look around, every single one of these guys are our brothers and sisters," Robert expressed.

In the crowd, guests got to see home videos of Officer Soldo and his baby boy Logan, who is just under one year old. Officer Soldo leaves behind his son and wife.

"When he'd talk about Andrea and Logan, you could see in his eyes there was genuine love there. He was so proud of the family he had built. Andrea and Logan, you were the spark that drove him to be a better man," said friend Jason Hopfer.

Soldo was born in Bosnia and his family moved to Nebraska when he was a young boy. He then moved to Las Vegas to join Metro.

Friends said he was intelligent, witty and fearless.

Victoria Spilabotte

Victoria Spilabotte

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Victoria Spilabotte is the weekend anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas, as well as a general assignment reporter.