Vigil held in honor of fallen officer
Emily Longnecker/Eyewitness News
Indianapolis - Hundreds of officers, friends and neighbors gathered for prayer and words of support in honor of fallen IMPD Officer David Moore.
The vigil was held at the Jones Tabernacle Church, just a block away from where Moore was shot Sunday morning.
"We thank you for the life, we thank you for the sacrifice of Officer David Moore," Pastor Harry Spigner prayed. "We mourn and grieve his loss, yet we celebrate his life."
Dozens of police officers stood side-by-side with the public, less than an hour after the announcement that Moore would not survive his injuries.
"David began the process a few hours ago of going home," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard told the gathering.
Ballard told the crowd he'd spent some of the past two days with Moore's parents at the hospital.
"The family's very strong and very special," said Ballard. "[Officer Moore] was just a terrific guy, the kind of guy we want to wear that uniform."
Those who knew Moore in high school said he was always that way - even then.
"He always stood up for people. If he saw something that was wrong, he would step in and be the bigger person," high school classmate Rocky Moran said.
Many at the vigil never knew Officer Moore, but felt the loss nonetheless of someone who had protected them.
"He sounded like a wonderful guy," said Vickie Driver, the president of the Oxford Neighborhood Association.
"We grieve because he was an officer and he served us," said Pastor Spigner.
But despite the grief over Moore's loss, Dawn Walker said "We're here and we support our law enforcement officers."
On everyone's minds, were Moore's parents.
"He was their son and our hearts go out to them," said Pastor Spigner.