The family of a man accused of killing a New Orleans policeman has released a statement of sympathy and thanks to the dead man's family.

Public defender Christopher Murell, one of Travis Boys' attorneys, emailed the family's statement Sunday.

They say they're deeply sorry for the heartache that Officer Daryle Holloway's family and children must be feeling. And they say they're very moved by his mother's grace in asking the community to pray for them.

Olander Holloway asked for the prayers during a memorial for her son. She said she cannot imagine what Boys' mother is going through, and does not have any hard feelings toward his family.

Boys is scheduled for arraignment Monday in Orleans Parish Criminal Court. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty on the first-degree murder charge.