"General Hospital" star Johnny Wactor was remembered by family and friends at his funeral service in his home state of South Carolina three weeks after he was killed in Los Angeles.

The actor died May 25 at the age of 37 after he was fatally shot when he approached three individuals who were attempting to steal his car's catalytic converter in downtown Los Angeles. 

On Saturday afternoon, mourners gathered for Wactor's funeral at the Summerville Baptist Church in Summerville, South Carolina. The service was held by Wactor's family, including his mother, Scarlett, and brothers, Grant and Lance.

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"General Hospital" star Johnny Wactor was laid to rest on Saturday. (Getty/Fox News)

Among the attendees were Wactor's friend Micah Parker and co-worker Anita Joy. Earlier this week, Parker and Grant organized a rally in Los Angeles seeking justice for the actor, whose killers remain at large. In the final moments of his life, Wactor defended Joy by stepping in front of her before he was shot.

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"Laid to Rest. But still so present with us," Parker wrote on Instagram as he shared an image of a framed photo of Wactor.

Parker also uploaded an image of floral arrangements and framed portraits of Wactor that were displayed on the steps of the altar during the service. On the photo, he tagged the Instagram page @justiceforjohnnywactor, which provides updates from Wactor's family and friends on the search for his murderers.

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Family and friends attend a memorial service for the slain actor at Summerville Baptist Church, in Summerville, South Carolina. (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital)

People attend a funeral a church for Johnny Wactor

Wactor's family held his funeral service in their home state. (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital)

People attend a funeral a church for Johnny Wactor

Wactor was shot and killed when he encountered a trio of alleged thieves who were in the process of stealing his catalytic converter. (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital)

On her Instagram Story, Joy posted an image of the funeral program, which featured a photo of Wactor, writing, "Today was beautiful for you, Johnny. We love you." 

In another post, Joy wrote "Unbelievable. But you are so loved," on a photo of one of Wactor's funeral portraits.

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In an emotional post that Joy shared last month, she recalled how she and Wactor were walking to their cars after a bartending shift at the downtown L.A. bar Level 8 when they encountered the three individuals who were attempting to steal the catalytic converter. 

"Johnny was between me and the man who shot him," she wrote. "As I heard the shot ring into the night, he forcefully tumbled back into my arms. As I grabbed for him, I shouted ‘Hunny you ok?!’ And he only responded, ‘Nope! Shot!’ We toppled onto the street where I pushed my legs under him and tried to hold his body up while screaming for help and screaming at him to stay with me." 

"I’m so grateful to have been a part of his world and him, mine. My heart is shattered with his loss but I believe l have gained the best guardian Angel out there. I love you Johnny Wacky," Joy concluded. 

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Wactor's friend Micah Parker shared photos from inside the service. (Micah Parker Instagram)

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Parker and Wactor's brother, Grant, led a protest rally in LA seeking justice for the actor. (Micah Parker Instagram)

Scarlett had previously confirmed that Parker and Joy would be attending the service. She told Fox News Digital that she was looking forward to meeting Joy for the first time.

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"I told Anita that ‘God must have big plans for her,’ and then I said, ‘Johnny’s death has got to be bigger than all that,'" Scarlett said. "So, for it to make a change, like what we’re asking the city to do and change, that would at least be something."

Wactor's obituary, which was featured in the funeral program, noted that the actor had been murdered while "heroically shielding his co-worker." 

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In the final moments of his life, Wactor protected his co-worker Anita Joy. (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital)

People attend a funeral a church for Johnny Wactor

Joy was also in attendance at the funeral. (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital)

"Johnny stood up for what he believed in and remains an example of how to live life with non-negotiable integrity and grit," read the obituary. "He found solace and serenity with his loving family, on the mountain, climbing, being a proud big brother to Lance and Grant, with the boys, just talking to his mother, in play, always outside, in nature."

"A man brimming with magnetism and humility. A pure life force, passion Personified, awaking in the early mornings with purpose, ready to go. Johnny’s love will be remembered and felt by all. Forever leaving an everlasting mark on this world."

The program also included Bible passages from the Gospel of Matthew, the Gospel of John and the Book of Job.

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Wactor's mother Scarlett said that she hopes people "continue to pray" for justice. (Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)

People attend a funeral a church for Johnny Wactor

Scarlett said that she believes that "justice is coming." (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital)

While speaking with Fox News Digital earlier this week, Scarlett commended the efforts being made by Wactor's friends in Los Angeles, who launched the #JusticeforJohnny movement to find his killers. 

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As the investigation led by LAPD continues and the movement grows, Scarlett said she is asking "people to continue to pray." 

"I really do think justice is coming. I just hope it’s sooner rather than later. And I think God’s help is what they’re going to need. Because it sounds like there’s some really weak laws and help for the police department, unfortunately. I feel for them."

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