About 2,000 friends and colleagues turned out to pay homage to Stan Cooper, the 72-year-old court security guard shot and killed Jan. 4 by a gunman with a grudge against the government, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Eulogists remembered Cooper as a dad, horseback rider, laid-back bluegrass fan and lifelong cop.

Cooper had been a police officer in Tulsa, Okla., and Las Vegas for 30 years before joining the Marshals Service in 1994 as a security officer. Johnny Lee Wicks shot and killed him at the Lloyd George U.S. Courthouse, and was then killed in a shootout with authorities.

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