KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians, the Kansas City Royals honored the life of a Kansas City, Kan., police captain killed in the line of duty earlier in the day.
Captain Robert “Dave” Melton was shot and killed near 22nd and Haskell while searching for suspect involved in an armed disturbance from 2nd and Edgerton on Tuesday afternoon.
A tweet posted by the Royals along with a photo of the team taking the field to honor Captain Melton said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the #KCKPD and his family.”
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 fourth child with his girlfriend. Friends have started a Go Fund Me page to help raise money for them.
There will be a candlelight vigil outside of KCK City Hall Wednesday to honor Captain Melton. The vigil starts at 8 p.m.