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NEWORLEANS-- A vigil will held to honor the service of a New Orleans Police Department officer killed in a hit-and-run.

At 6 p.m., a prayer vigil will be held for Officer Rodney Thomas at the 2nd District Police Station at 4317 Magazine Street, where Thomas worked before he was killed in the early morning hours on July 7.

'We welcome the community to attend and share this moment with the New Orleans Police Department to show our deepest respect for Officer Rodney Thomas,' police said in a statement.

Thomas, 52, according to police, died after being struck by a Porsche, on the Interstate-10 high rise. The officer had just been involved in a minor traffic accident, and when he got out to check on the other vehicle, he was hit by a third vehicle that fled the scene.

Thomas, who was described as beloved by his fellow officers and members of the community, attended the police academy when Hurricane Katrina hit, staying and serving New Orleans for the past eight years.

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