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Fallen officer's widow releases statement as memorial continues to grow at Southport Police station

Despite her grief, Stacy Allan offered these words of strength: “There is no room in my heart for anger or hate, only peace knowing Aaron died doing what he loved.”

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The widow of Southport Police Lt. Aaron Allan released a statement Sunday night after he was shot and killed responding to a crash on Thursday.

“Aaron was my rock and we are all so heartbroken,” Lieutenant Aaron Allan’s widow Stacy wrote in a statement tonight.

Stacy Allan called her husband a family man, saying he was an amazing friend to so many and always willing to help those in need.

Despite her grief, Mrs. Allan offered these words of strength.

“There is no room in my heart for anger or hate, only peace knowing Aaron died doing what he loved.”

“I feel so bad for his family, for his little boy,” said Lori Lockman, as she visited the growing memorial around Lieutenant Allan’s car at the Southport Police Station.

Lockman and her husband Robert came to pay their respects to Lieutenant Allan, but the fallen officer’s family and what they must be feeling were never far from anyone’s mind.

Mrs. Lockman said she keeps thinking about the picture of Lieutenant Allan walking his son to his first day of school.

Later that same day, he was killed in the line of duty.

“When he grows up, his memory of his first day of school is going to be, ‘that’s the day my daddy was killed.’ That’s so sad,” said Lockman.

The Lockmans are first responders and feel a bond with Lieutenant Allan and police officers that runs deeps.

“They’re police. We’re emergency responders. You got the fire department, but basically, we’re all part of a brotherhood,” said Robert Lockman.

“We’re all first responders. The thing is to go help somebody which is all he was trying to do. He got up in the morning to do the best he could do to serve his community and this is the way it ended for him,” said Lori Lockman, choking up and shaking her head.

“We’re all just very disheartened by the whole thing. It’s just horrible the way it happened. That it had to happen, “said Doris Gammon, who brought her grandson to pay his respects to Lieutenant Allan, even though he’s too young to understand. One day, Gammon says he will.

“I hope we can teach him to thank these officers before something like this happens and just thanking them in this way,” Gammon explained.

And so the thanks to Lieutenant Allan keep pouring in, glowers, flags, teddy bears, heart-felt mementos to a man only some knew, but to whom everyone who visits his memorial, feels a debt of gratitude.

Also in her statement today, Stacy Allan continued to ask for privacy at this time. She also asked the community to continue to demonstrate peace and continue to support police and first responders.

Her full statement is shared here:

"It is with unimaginable emotion, that the Allan Family would like to express our deepest gratitude, for the outpouring of support we have and continue to receive from the Community and across our Country. Aaron, my husband, a family man, and an amazing friend to so many, helped anyone in need. Aaron was my rock and we are all so heartbroken. I will be forever grateful our Heavenly Father shared him with me and our boys, where we experienced such unconditional love. He was not only proud to wear the badge, he was a proud father and husband. There is no room in my heart for anger or hate, only peace knowing Aaron died doing what he loved. Aaron was honored to serve with his Brother's and Sister's in Blue. As we celebrate Aaron's life in the coming days, the family would like to ask for our privacy. Please continue to demonstrate peace and support to our officers and first responders as they continue to hold the Thin Blue Line, for all of us. Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God."

- Stacy Allan and Family