Hundreds gather, standing shoulder-to-shoulder at vigil to pay respect to fallen KCK officer

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Hundreds showed up to Kansas City, Kansas City Hall on Wednesday night to pay respect to a fallen officer.

People of different ages and from different backgrounds stood shoulder-to-shoulder, and alongside police officers they say they’ll now pray for each day.
It was part of a vigil for slain Kansas City, Kansas Police Captain Dave Melton.

Folks wanted to let officers know the community stands with them.

"Because they`re good in our city and we need them, and for circumstances like this they need all the support they can get," said Debbie Durham.

"It`s important to me that they know that there are some people out here that support them," said Edith Turnipseed.

"It`s too much killing in the United States and all over the world, and this is just all happening all at once. Every time you turn on the TV you`re wondering when the next thing is going to happen,” said Sandy Dewitt.

Folks say they fear society is losing it’s respect for officers, and that any loss to the community is tragic, both officer and civilian.