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  • Friends and family file past East Point Police Cpl. Crystal Parker's casket
  • East Point Police Cpl. Crystal Parker's casket leaving funeral service
  • Officers stand guard over East Point Police Cpl. Crystal Parker's casket
  • Fellow officers at East Point Police Cpl. Crystal Parker's funeral
  • Photo of East Point Police Cpl. Crystal Parker at her funeral
  • East Point Police Cpl. Crystal Parker
  • East Point Police officers salute Cpl. Crystal Parker's casket

EAST POINT, GA - It's hard enough when fellow police officers salute a fallen comrade killed in the line of duty.

It may have been even harder Saturday afternoon for scores of officers from all over metro Atlanta to honor one who was allegedly murdered in her own home by a former friend.

As they gathered to celebrate the life of 34-year-old East Point Police Corporal Crystal Parker, a police chaplain told mourners Crystal's death is a reminder that home is where police officers are supposed to feel safe.

"Even once we get home, God protect us there as well," the chaplain said.

Parker's body was found last Sunday night in her Creel Road home, dead from a gunshot to the head.

Former roommate, Danielle Parker, was arrested and charged with murder on Tuesday.

She remains in the Fulton County jail without bond.

Family, friends and coworkers remembered the six year veteran as a loving, caring woman who did her job well, earning officer of the year honors in 2012.

"She was the anchor of our family and I didn't realize it until it was too late," said older sister Kimberly Parker.

"I salute you baby girl and I salute all of you that she protected and she served along with and to my family, I love you and let's send her away with love," she added.

So far, investigators have not disclosed a motive in the murder.

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