Vigil held for slain Birmingham officer Keary Hollis

Vigil held for slain Birmingham officer Keary Hollis

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A crowd began to gather around 6 p.m. for the vigil. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC A crowd began to gather around 6 p.m. for the vigil. Source: Sherea Harris/WBRC
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

The community gathered at Wenonah Elementary School Monday to remember slain Birmingham officer Keary Hollis.

Community members, fellow Wenonah High School graduates and law enforcement officers gathered to remember Hollis' life.

"It hurts to know that someone so good had to leave," Ebony Tindle, a Wenonah graduate, said.

Hollis was a 1998 Wenonah High School graduate. The school family says they are still in disbelief and wanted to honor him.

Sharon Thompson, the head custodian at the school, knows him well. She says she was so proud when Hollis became a police officer and says he always kept in touch.

"He would come back and say, 'Well I've just come to check to see how y'all was doing. Anybody need anything? You want me to get you lunch?' And he gone. That's sad," she said.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputy LaTarra Wilson says Hollis was dedicated to his job and would even assist her on calls.

"And it didn't matter if he was with Birmingham Police Department and I was with the sheriff's office. He was just dedicated to the cause to making sure his officers was safe, his fellow co-workers were safe and the citizens were safe," she said.

"He had a smile that would light any situation. He was just a good guy," Wilson said.

Those at the vigil were thankful to authorities for locating the suspect so quickly and say they are praying for Hollis' family.

Birmingham city will also salute Hollis and other fallen officers as part of National Police Week. The program begins at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 13 at Linn Park.

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