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Slain Phoenix police Detective John Hobbs. (Source: Family) Slain Phoenix police Detective John Hobbs. (Source: Family)
Wounded Phoenix police Detective A.J. Casados. (Source: Phoenix Police Dept.) Wounded Phoenix police Detective A.J. Casados. (Source: Phoenix Police Dept.)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Police officers, politicians and perfect strangers gathered in downtown Phoenix Thursday. It was an effort to show the family of late Phoenix police Detective John Hobbs and wounded Detective A.J. Casados that Arizona stands behind them.

"Anybody that has a heart could not help but be moved. These people need love and support and thoughts and prayers, and that's what we're here for," said Christian Motorcycles Association member Joyce Brown. 

On Monday, Hobbs and Casados were involved in a shootout with a wanted felon near 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Hobbs died shortly after he arrived at the hospital. Casados was shot once. He was released from the hospital Wednesday.

"In a time like this you would think the department would break down but I think this is bringing us closer together, said Phoenix police officer Diana Pinada.

Over the years Pinada worked closely with Hobbs, most recently on a stakeout. 

"He made time just fly," said Pinada.

Pinada says for now she's done crying. Instead, she's taking a page out of her colleague's book and focusing on the positive.

"All we've been doing is talking about John. John stories and of course AJ stories. It just feels good," said Pinada.

As donations flooded in so did the food to feed the hundreds of people who stopped by the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association's garage.

"I felt it was important to come over and throw some money in the kitty and say thanks," said Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

"We're praying for the families and the children involved," said Christian Motorcycle Association member Thomas Brown.

All total PLEA organizers say the fundraiser brought in more than $100,000. All of the proceeds will go directly to the families of Hobbs and Casados.

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