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JetBlue Airlines Offers Free Flights to NYPD Officer's Funeral

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Officer Randolph Holder is shown in this handout photo provided by the New York City Police Department, October 21, 2015. Holder was shot and killed late Tuesday while pursuing a suspected armed robber close to a busy road in the city's East Harlem neighborhood, police said Tuesday. REUTERS/New York Police Department/Handout via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHANDOUT / Reuters

JetBlue Airways says it will offer free flights for police who want to attend the funeral of slain New York Police Department Officer Randolph Holder.

The company says it is honored to help shuttle the officers wishing to pay tribute to a fallen comrade.

 Officer Randolph Holder is shown in this handout photo provided by the New York City Police Department, October 21, 2015. HANDOUT / Reuters

Jet Blue extended the same offer for the funerals of slain NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos who were killed in the line of duty last December.

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Holder was shot in the head Tuesday evening as he responded to calls of shots fired and a bicycle stolen at gunpoint. Holder and his partner chased the suspect, who opened fire.

Police Commissioner William Bratton said at a news conference Wednesday that funeral arraignments for Officer Randolph Holder were still being finalized.

30-year-old Tyrone Howard was taken into custody after the shooting and is expected to be charged Wednesday. It isn't clear whether he has a lawyer who could comment on the allegations.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the fatal shooting is another example of the growing crisis of gun violence.

Cuomo told reporters Wednesday that the slayings of police officers "has to stop."