EKU students host vigil for Officer Daniel Ellis

Published: Nov. 8, 2015 at 10:53 PM EST
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Dozens of people came out Sunday night for a candlelight vigil for Officer Daniel Ellis.

A mixture of first responders and EKU students gathered at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial on EKU’s campus.

EKU student and Delta Zeta member Taylor Cecil helped organize the vigil.

"We wanted to do something to honor him and the sacrifice he made, his wife and his family,” Cecil said.

Officer Ellis was shot last week while investigating a robbery Wednesday morning. He was in critical condition at UK Hospital until early Friday morning when he passed away.

Members of the community have stepped up to show their support for Officer Ellis, his family, and law enforcement since the shooting. Sunday night’s vigil is just the latest example.

"We are happy everyone has come together and has been able to honor him,” Cecil said.

“It really does make a difference for the community of law enforcement, as we are going through this difficult time,” said Trooper Robert Purdy, Kentucky State Police.

Officer Ellis will be laid to rest this week. His funeral is Wednesday, on the EKU Campus, at Alumni Coliseum.