Photos: Funeral of NOPD officer Rodney Thomas Photos: Funeral of NOPD officer Rodney Thomas Advocate staff photo by JOHN MCCUSKER -- New Orleans police officers visit before funeral services for Officer Rodney Thomas who was killed last weekend in a hit and run. The service was held Friday, July 12, 2013 at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. Advocate story Aug. 16, 2013 Comments Hundreds filed into Franklin Avenue Baptist Church on Friday morning for the funeral of New Orleans police officer Rodney Thomas. Thomas was killed early Sunday morning when a Porsche Panamera slammed into him as he tried to direct traffic away from an accident he was involved in on Interstate 10 near the high-rise. The sports car sped away after it hit him.