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First ever Jason Ellis Memorial Classic a success

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BARDSTOWN, Ky (WDRB) -- The first ever Jason Ellis Memorial Classic is being held at Dean Watts Park in Bardstown this weekend.

Hundreds of people turned out to show their support for the fallen officer and his family.

"The idea came about the week after Jason was killed. May 25th," said Reece Riley.

Reece Riley is a deputy with the Nelson County Sheriff's Department. He worked with Jason Ellis. He was also a personal friend of Jason's.

"It's tough to go to work and not see him and to not hear him on the radio and not see him in the office when we walk in," Riley told WDRB.

He and so many others are still mourning the loss of Officer Ellis.

Together, they were able to organize this baseball tournament, The Jason Ellis Memorial Classic.

"Baseball was Jason's first love before he met Amy and then Amy became his first love," said Riley.

The tournament along with a silent auction is estimated to bring in $45,000.

Every penny, from admission to concessions, is going to Jason's wife Amy and his two sons Parker and Hunter.

"We just want her to know that she's still a part of our family as much as anything. We love her and the boys to death," said Riley.

Police say Officer Ellis was clearing tree limbs from the road in the early morning hours of May 25th when he was shot several times on an off-ramp to the Bluegrass Parkway.

Investigators think the tree limbs were intentionally placed there as part of a plan to kill Ellis.

"We hear about police officers being killed in the line of duty and they try to teach us in training to expect that but I think it was the manor in how it was done, how he was killed," Riley told WDRB.

Riley says nearing two months without any substantial leads has left them aggravated and confused.

"We're praying that text or phone call will come," he said.

42 baseball teams played in the tournament. Many came from out of town and didn't even know Ellis.

"It was just a horrible tragedy. Anything you can teach these kids and be a part of a community to try and help out a family in need I think is so important," said Leigh McFarland, whose son played in the Classic.

"We can't bring him back but we can honor him and we just want him to know that he may be gone but we're going to take care of his family for him," added Riley.

Riley said they had to turn away dozens of teams because of lack of field space.

Because of the high interest, they plan to make this a yearly event and open it to more teams over two weekends.

From the Bardstown Police Dept.:

You can email a tip to :

You can text a tip: The Kentucky State Police encourage you to 'Text a Tip' if you have information on Jason Ellis' murder. It's completely confidential. Just use any electronic device with texting capabilities, then text 67283 in the address field. Type KSPTIP in the message field. Leave a space and then enter your information about the crime.

Or you can contact the Kentucky State Police 1-800-222-5555 / Bardstown Police Department (502) 348-6811 or Nelson County Dispatch (502) 348-3211

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