Community mourns loss of KCK police captain killed in line of duty, plans candlelight vigil

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kansas City, Kan., Mayor Mark Holland described the KCK community as "broken" on Tuesday as they had to face the second police officer shooting since May.

Captain Robert “Dave” Melton

Captain Robert “Dave” Melton

People in the neighborhood where Captain Dave Melton was shot are in shock, disbelief and feeling pain that has spread across the metro.

“A mix of sorrow and anger at the same time because like I just don't know,” neighbor Brendan Jacobs said. “I'm trying to find the words for it right now, I am just so angry about it right now."

To start the healing process the community will come together at KCK City Hall for a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m., on Wednesday.

Shortly after news broke of Captain Melton's death, the Royals showed their support at Tuesday night's game by holding a moment of silence, and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback ordered flags to be flown at half-staff.

People also began dropping off flower at police headquarters and a T-shirt that says, “We stand together to show their support for the KCK police.”

“It’s been a shock to the country we wanted to come and show our support and let them know that we are behind them, and we care about them that they are not alone in this,” neighbor Brionna Cline said.

In the coming days, Captain Melton's name will be added to this memorial outside of KCK's police headquarters.

In the coming days, Captain Melton's name will be added to this memorial outside of KCK's police headquarters.

In the coming days, Captain Melton's name will be added to the police memorial outside of KCK's police headquarters.

The 46-year old Melton was born in the small central Kansas town of Sylvia – population 218. He went to school at both KCK Community College as well as MidAmerica Nazarene.

He leaves behind three children – two daughters and son and is expecting a child with his girlfriend. His friends have started a Go Fund Me page to help raise money for them.

Click here to donate to the family of Captain Melton

Captain Melton is the second KCK officer to be killed in the line of duty since May. Detective Brad Lancaster was shot and killed on May 9.

Detective Brad Lancaster (image courtesy of Kansas City, Kan., Police Department)

Detective Brad Lancaster (image courtesy of Kansas City, Kan., Police Department)

Lancaster, who graduated from West Platte High School was also an Air Force veteran.  Lancaster served two tours of duty overseas while in the Air Force. He worked briefly for the Platte County Sheriff's Department before moving to the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department. He leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.

Previous to Detective Lancaster's death, the last time a KCK officer died in the line of duty was 18 years ago – back in 1998.