Police are still searching for three suspects who shot and killed the 30-year veteran on Tuesday

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As the investigation into who shot and killed Illinois police officer Joe Gliniewicz continues, the father of four was remembered during an emotional vigil on Wednesday in Fox Lake.

The 30-year veteran of the force, who was weeks away from retirement, was gunned down on Tuesday morning after he radioed in a description of three suspicious men and said he was chasing them.

On Wednesday friends, colleagues and family gathered to pay tribute to the man affectionately referred to as “G.I. Joe.”

His wife, Melodie, addressed the crowd in an emotional speech as the couple’s four sons stood beside her.

“Joe was my best friend, my world, my hero, the love of my life for the last 26 and a half years,” she said. “He was my rock as much as much as I was his rock. Every night he came home to me.

“He was the most wonderful caring and loving father to our boys,” she continued tearfully. “My world got a little bit smaller with his passing. He will truly be missed by all of us.”

The army veteran was also an Explorer co-leader who impacted so many young lives in Fox Lake.

“Joe gave his heart to everybody,” his friend Tammy Rivette told ABC 7. “There isn’t anything he wouldn’t have done for someone.”

Authorities ended the intensive manhunt for the three suspects in the shooting but continue to follow leads in the search for the killers, who are described as two white men and one black man.

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