Community mourns for slain Indianapolis Police officer
Officer Perry Renn was shot and killed in the line of duty Saturday night. His squad car was made into a memorial Sunday.
Monday, July 7th 2014, 3:39 pm EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - From family friends to complete strangers, members of the Indianapolis community are paying their respects and saying "thank you" to a fallen officer.
Officer Perry Renn was shot and killed in the line of duty Saturday night.
His squad car was made into a memorial Sunday.
"He was standing first at parade rest, ready to snap to attention," said Michael Marine.
It was a lesson of respect and honor that Marine made sure his son learned when Marine had him pose alongside fallen Officer Renn's squad car.
"This officer stood in the gap for us on a daily basis. He didn't have to, but he did," Marine said.
Many people like Marine brought their children along for the same reason. Others just wanted a moments to reflect and say thank you.
"They're just amazed that people thought that much that they would come by and drop things off," said Sabrina Young, a neighbor and friend of the Renn family. She spoke on behalf of the family on Sunday.
"His wife is a strong person and she's obviously devastated, but she's doing as well, as likely as can be expected," Young said.
Young said Renn and his wife loved their dogs, were avid bike riders, and were quick to help out around the neighborhood.
But she says his passion was always protecting his community, no matter how dangerous the job became.
"Are you ever going and be a supervisor? You ever going to, you know, move up the ranks?" He said 'I'm a patrol officer and that's what I always want to be'," Young said.
"When they're beat up and they're shot at and everything, and then killed like Perry and the other officers that have died, it puts a hole in our community that can never be filled. And we've got to figure out how to fix this," she said.
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