KANSAS CITY, Kansas (KSHB) – A vigil was held Wednesday evening for a Kansas City, Kansas police captain who was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Kansas City Police Captain Dave Melton was killed Tuesday afternoon while searching for a suspect in a drive-by shooting.
Hundreds of people gathered in front of City Hall to remember Melton.
Through song and prayer, a heartbroken community came together to honor a police officer who should still be alive.
“It’s really hard. it’s tough. I mean I we were just here a few months ago for Detective Lancaster, and it’s sad,” said Nina Ziegler, the wife of a Wyandotte County sheriff’s deputy. “It’s gotta stop, it’s gotta stop.”
Ziegler said she is more scared than ever for police officers.
“I hate for my husband to leave in the morning, because I don’t know, you never know if they are gonna come back home,” she said. “And I pray to God every day that when he does walk out the door that he will come back home to me.”
Melton was described by his brothers as a hard worker and someone who always had their back.
“He was a guy you went to when the chips were down. He always pitched in and helped out, as he did on the day, the day he was shot,” said KCK Police Chief Terry Zeigler.
The next few days, weeks and months will not be easy for the KCK community. But people promised one another Wednesday evening that they will overcome such darkness.
“Keep this family, this department, and this community, in your prayers,” said KCK Police Department Chaplain George Kemper.