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The hearse carrying Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh turns onto Highway 33 from Crows Landing road with a law enforcement procession on Friday morning January 4, 2019. Singh was killed December 26th during a traffic stop in Newman, Calif.
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The hearse carrying Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh turns onto Highway 33 from Crows Landing road with a law enforcement procession on Friday morning January 4, 2019. Singh was killed December 26th during a traffic stop in Newman, Calif.

There are a couple of viewings on Friday to honor Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh, who was shot to death the morning after Christmas.

Stay here for live updates throughout the day, which starts with his body being moved from Salas Brothers Funeral Home in Modesto to the West Side Theater in Newman, where there will be an Honor Guard viewing from 9 a.m.-noon. From 5-9 p.m., there will be another viewing at Salas Brothers.

His memorial service is Saturday at CrossPoint Community Church in Modesto at 1301 12th Street. It starts at 10 a.m. After that, Singh’s body will be taken via a long procession by way of 11th Street and Yosemite Boulevard to its final resting place at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson at 900 Santa Fe Avenue.

11:49 a.m.: At the conclusion of the viewing in Newman, Singh’s casket will be brought back to Modesto, where another viewing will be held at Salas Brothers Funeral Home on Scenic Drive.

The casket of Ronil Singh was taken into the West Side Theater in Newman, California, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, when an Honor Guard viewing will be held from 9 a.m.-noon.

9:47 a.m.: Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson, in an interview outside the West Side Theater, said Singh was his first hire. He said the outpouring of supports and emails from around theworld have been tremendous. We’ll have a video of the interview up soon.

9:04 p.m. The pretrial hearing for four people charged with accessory — aiding and abetting Mendoza, among other charges — was rescheduled for Feb. 7.

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There are a couple of viewings on Friday to honor Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh, who was shot to death the morning after Christmas. A crowd gathered as Singh’s casket arrived at the local movie theatre in Newman, CA, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. Joan Barnett Lee jlee@modbee.com

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There are a couple of viewings on Friday to honor Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh, who was shot to death the morning after Christmas. A blue ribbon is wrapped around the Newman city sign on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. Joan Barnett Lee jlee@modbee.com

8:58 a.m.: Our Deke Farrow, reporting in Newman, described the scene in downtown as somber. There were numerous blue line flags and parents with children, who spoke in hushed tones. Cold weather, one said, was not a factor over the importance of showing support for the Newman Police Department and Singh’s family.

Department employees were among the first to file past the casket inside the theater.

Watch as Newman police corporal Ronil Singh's casket is loaded into the hearse that took him to Newman and then back to Modesto on Friday, Jan 4, 2019.

8:43 p.m.: Singh’s casket has been taken into the West Side Theater, whose marquis simply reads: “Ronil Singh Forever Remember.”

Several officers were in a salute position as the casket was removed from the hearse and taken into the theater, followed by officers and family members.

It also appears the corporal’s K-9 partner, Sam, also was there.

8:36 a.m: The body of Singh has arrived in downtown Newman to a huge crowd. Our Deke Farrow us currently reporting on Facebook Live from Main Street. Members of the Singh family are there.

The body of fallen Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh made its way through Modesto early Friday morning, Jan. 4, 2019, en route to Newman, California, where an Honor Guard viewing will be held at the West Side Theater from 9 a.m.-noon.

8:20 a.m.: As the body of Singh was nearing arrival in Newman, four people charged with accessory to the crime are due in Stanislaus County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. There was at least one TV news truck, and two Bee reporters, at the courthouse for coverage of their hearing.

Due in Department 8 were Mendoza’s girlfriend Ana Leyde Cervantes, 30; his brothers Conrado Virgen Mendoza, 34, and Adrian Virgen, 25; and his co-worker Erik Razo Quiroz, 35. They pleaded not guilty to felony accessory charges on Mon

The procession for Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh turns south at Paradise and South Carpenter Roads in Modesto, California, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.

day.

On Thursday, The Bee published details of the criminal complaint, outlining their alleged help to get Mendoza to Mexico.

The procession for Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh turns south at Paradise and South Carpenter Roads in Modesto, California, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019.

7:35 a.m. The procession left Salas Brothers Funeral Home with a long line of law enforcement patrol cars and motorcycles. It headed down H Street, where a few people were watching, including one man who had an American Flag hanging on the back of his truck.

Further down the route, the Burbank-Paradise fire department fired up lights on one of its trucks.

In the procession were agencies representing Modesto, the California Highway Patrol and San Joaquin County, among others.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department is handling services for the Newman Police Department, which is closed until Monday.

7:15 a.m.: A procession was being prepared at Salas Brothers Funeral Home in Modesto to take the body of Singh to Newman. The procession will travel west down H Street/Paradise Road and head toward Newman. It is expected to arrive in the small Stanislaus County town by 8:30 a.m.

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