Candlelight vigil held for slain Abbotsford police officer

Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil in Abbotsford on Monday to express their sorrow and gratitude for a police officer who died in the line of duty.

The vigil was held at the parking lot of the Mount Lehman Centre — the same shopping plaza where Const. John Davidson was shot and killed last Monday.

“It’s heartbreaking,” said Santosh Powar, a longtime Abbotsford resident. “All you hear about is how he was such a good man. I’m sad about what happened, and how he gave his life for the community.”

A large contingent of Abbotsford police officers attended the vigil, organized by Abbotsford Community Services, in honour of their fallen comrade.

Many in the solemn crowd who came to light candles, leave flowers and write notes of condolence didn’t know him, but felt moved to come.

“It’s the least we can do,” said Mike Patterson, who lives in Vancouver and made the drive to Abbotsford with his family because, “it’s important to be here. This is a man who gave his life in the line of duty. The world is a lesser place without him.”

Christine Hemingway, a family friend of the Davidsons, spoke to the crowd on behalf of his family, who didn’t attend the vigil. Davidson was “such a great man, even when he wasn’t in uniform,” said Hemingway, who thanked the community for the outpouring of love and support.

“The public is unbelievable, how they’ve come out to support him and want to name a street after him,” said Hemingway. “The family is so appreciative of what everybody is doing.”

Davidson is survived by his wife and three adult children.

A fundraiser set up by the Abbotsford Police Union for Davidson’s family has raised more than $137,000 in five days, while a petition to …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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