INDIANAPOLIS - A group of community members held a prayer vigil in memory of fallen Indianapolis Officer Perry Renn Tuesday afternoon at the scene of the fatal shootout.
Standing just a few feet from where Renn, 51, was gunned down, the group prayed in unison for him and all police who take the oath to serve and protect.
The vigil included young boys who are part of this year's Young Men, Inc. Summer Empowerment Camp , an annual program put on by Rev. Malachi Walker of Great Commission Church of God.
The group presented IMPD Chief Rick Hite with a cross and a plaque, which will be put on display at North District Headquarters.
Rev. Walker read the plaque aloud:
"You are a shining star who has served your country well. God is not unjust. He will not forget your work and love you have shown."
One young member of the YMI group explained to RTV6 reporter Derrik Thomas what the police mean to him.
"They are supposed to protect us. They protect me. They give me good advice," said Jarrod Hubbard. "They're mentors. They're teachers. They're leaders. They help us do what we need to do."
Inga Spells, a community member who attended the vigil, recalled a time when she was stranded with car trouble and Officer Renn came to her aid.
"That was a good guy who helped me when I was scared to death by myself on the street," Spells said. "With these youngsters running around with guns... I'm more scared of them. I'm very glad he was there to serve and help me that night."
Hite spoke at the event, stressing the importance of the community and the police staying on the same page.
"We want to make sure we walk together. We can't walk separately any longer," Hite said. "We have to walk together if we want to make a difference."
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