Candlelight vigil held for fallen Grand Forks police officer killed in shooting

May 28, 2020

GRAND FORKS, N.D.- -The Grand Forks Police Department was lit up overnight in blue light in respect to the fallen officer shot and killed Wednesday.

Police Chief Mark Nelson said, “There’s a hole in my heart that can never be plugged. These people wear a badge, these people protect your community, these people ask for nothing in return other than an honest salary. Remember, it is not how this officer died, it is how this officer lived that made him a true hero.”

Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday night outside Altru Hospital for a candlelight and flashlight vigil to honor the victims of the shooting. There was also a procession of an estimated 50 law enforcement vehicles from a half dozen agencies that held a procession thru Grand Forks Wednesday night.

Governor Burgum said the United States and North Dakota flags will be flown at half-staff from dawn to dusk as a sign of respect and honor on the day of the fallen officer’s burial.