KNIGHTDALE, N.C. (WNCN) – A private funeral for Knightdale Police Officer Ryan Hayworth is currently being held at Elevation Baptist Church. More than one hour prior to the ceremony, a procession of family, friends, community members, Knightdale officers and surrounding police units proceeded to remember the fallen officer.
The procession following the event will travel along U.S. 64 Business eastbound, turning left onto N.C. 97 and east into Zebulon. Gannon Avenue will be closed from Pony Road to Water Plant Road for the graveside services, which are also closed to the general public.
Roads will be closed from 2:30 until 6 p.m., but police said the times can vary. They said signs are posted along many of the impacted roads.
Additionally, thirteen schools in eastern Wake County, including Knightdale, Wendell, and Zebulon, closed three hours early to avoid traffic and road closures in the area, as well as to show their respect.
People looking to pay their respects still have time to line the procession route from U.S. 64 Business at Leith Auto Park to the N.C. 97 light.