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In an emotional ceremony, the Phoenix Police Department stood united behind the daughter of one of their fallen brothers as she graduated from kindergarten.

The daughter of Officer Daryl Raetz, who was killed in the line of duty over the weekend, graduated from kindergarten Thursday. Because her father couldn’t be there, her Phoenix Police Department family showed up to stand in his stead and celebrate Tatum.

“She had 300, 400 parents up here for her this morning,” Officer James Holmes said. “It was absolutely amazing. It was bittersweet and it was a bit overwhelming for all of us.”

Officers lined the sidewalk clapping for Tatum and congratulating her as she and her mother walked into the school for the graduation ceremony. Inside the auditorium, it was standing room only with a sea of blue in the back and along the side of the room.

For more, visit AZFamily.com.

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