300 Polish mayors, city councilors honor slain Gdansk mayor

300 Polish mayors, city councilors honor slain Gdansk mayor
Istvan Nagy, Ambassador of Hungary to Switzerland, signs the condolence book for Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk, at the residence of Poland's Ambassador in Switzerland in Bern, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. The Polish embassy opened a condolonce book after the tragic death of Pawel Adamowicz, Mayor of Gdansk. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP)

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Some 300 city mayors and councilors from across Poland have gathered to honor slain Gdansk Mayor Pawel Adamowicz with a special session at the city’s historic shipyard on the eve of his burial.

European Union’s top official Donald Tusk, a personal friend of Adamowicz, as well as Poland’s president and prime minister and other top figures are expected at the funeral Saturday at St. Mary’s Basilica in the northern city of Gdansk.

Adamowicz, 53, died Monday after being stabbed Sunday night at a charity event by an ex-convict with a grudge against an opposition party that Adamowicz once belonged to.

A procession Friday is to carry his coffin to the basilica, down the streets that he had walked, past his childhood home where his parents still live, and past schools that he attended.