TOPEKA (KSNT) – A candlelight vigil was held Monday night at the Fallen Officer Memorial in honor of Corporal Jason Harwood, who was shot and killed after a traffic stop in Topeka Sunday.
At the candle light vigil for Corporal Harwood it was a somber evening. About 500 people were at the memorial Monday night.
Harwood’s family, wife Laurie and sons Tyler and Lawson, arrived in a limousine with a motorcycle escort. The first they have been seen in public since Sunday’s tragedy.
At vigil the Shawnee County Sheriff, the interim Topeka Police Chief, the city’s mayor and the county D.A all remembered Harwood.
For many of those there Monday night, it was an echo of a similar vigil just 18-months ago for two other Topeka officers killed in the line of duty.
“I was very saddened very sad to lose another officer in the line duty is just a shame,” said Troy Weaver, member of the American Legion Riders Club.
One of the things that was noticed Monday night was that the mood changed completely after Corporal Harwood’s family arrived. Many tears were shed and hugs given out. The interim police chief wanted to remind the community to “love up on the family and to support them during this time of need.”
Services for Cpl. Harwood will be Saturday morning at the Kansas Expocentre.