4,000 attend slain Tampa officer's funeral

TAMPA -- An estimated 4,000 people attended funeral services for slain Tampa Police Cpl. Mike Roberts at St. Timothy Catholic Church in Lutz, according to Tampa police.

Roberts, an 11-year veteran of the Tampa Police Department, was shot and killed in the line of duty last week. A suspect has been arrested.

Roberts is survived by his wife and a 3-year-old son.

Those attending the funeral include Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum and former Florida Gov. Bob Martinez.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers also are in attendance.

Private burial will take place at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell after the services.

On Monday, Roberts' name was added to a monument that honors officers killed in the line of duty.

The Tampa Police Department this morning issued a statement by Roberts' widow:

"Last Wednesday night I lost my best friend, confidant, husband and the father of our son. The pain is made more difficult since his death was caused by such an intentional, senseless, and violent act.

"I would like to thank the media for giving us time to grieve as we prepare for Mike's final resting place. The city and the residents of Tampa have been exceptionally generous to us. Many thanks are due to Police Chief Stephen Hogue and Mayor Pam Iorio. They have been very supportive and have grieved along with me.

"This will be a long journey for us and I welcome your continued support and prayers as we continue to work through our grief, we would like to request that you continue to respect our privacy."

Bay News 9 contributed to this report.