LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- People are honoring those who died serving our country on Memorial Day, but in Bardstown such a loss has never hit this close to home. 

Family, friends, even strangers came to the police department to pay their respects to officer Jason Ellis. 

Police say he was ambushed, shot to death off Bluegrass Parkway early Saturday morning when he pulled over to pick up debris in the road.

As police try to track down a killer, the community reminds him they'll never forget. 

"When I heard this it just broke my heart it was just Thursday I was talking to him sitting next to him he was telling me about his family," said Bardstown resident, Barbara Donahue.

A memorial was set up in front of the Bardstown Police Station. It was a place for people to pay their respects.

Hundreds turned up for a candlelight vigil Monday night. Officers were on hand to help the community get through this tough time. 

"We've lost a good one and a month and two children are suffering. It's all you think about, what happened? I wish I had the answers, but I don't," said retired Bardstown officer Dee Haste.

Bardstown Police are warning about a memorial fund on Facebook. They say it is a scam. The department is in the process of setting up a legitimate fund and will give us more information once it's ready. 

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