Hundreds of Mourners Line Highway in Boulder as They Pay Their Respects to Officer Eric Talley
The Boulder Police Department shared images of hundreds of mourners standing beside the road who went to pay their last respects to the fallen police officer Eric Talley.
In the mass tragic shooting incident at a Colorado grocery shopping store earlier this week, Eric Talley was killed. According to the Boulder Police Department’s Facebook post, mourners lined up on the highway from Boulder to Aurora.
The statement read: “Thank you all wonderful people who lined the roadways and overpasses from Boulder to Aurora to pay their respects to fallen BPD Officer Eric Talley as he was escorted to the funeral home."
The department stated that they are beyond grateful for the support and thanked the everyone. The police shared several photos which showed one officer saluting in his uniform. Another showed one lady standing behind a poster which read, "Thank you, officer Eric Talley, for your sacrifice."
One image showed firefighters standing on top of a red fire truck also saluting in their work gear. The SWAT team also lined up beside the road as the convoy passed by.
Another picture showed people standing beside the road looking at the hearse passing by with a convoy. Three members from the police force saluted with two males wearing bulletproof vests and one female in casual.
An up-close photo showed one officer showing the Boulder police logo. Six paramedics also showed the salute gesture to honor the late officer Talley, who was 51 years old.
According to People, residents, family members, police officers, paramedics, and other emergency responders stood alongside Foothills Parkway to salute Talley as a hearse transferred his body from the coroner’s office to a funeral home in Aurora.
As the vehicle drove down the procession route accompanied by other police vehicles, many observers reportedly placed their hands over their hearts or waved American flags. Several other memorials were scheduled for him on Wednesday.
According to NBC, the president and his chief praised officer Talley for his bravery. He was the first person to respond to the shooting at King Soopers in Boulder and was among the ten people who were gunned down.
Talley was hailed, an "American hero" who "was willing to die to protect others," said the president and his chief.
According to USA TODAY, a 21-year-old male faced murder charges on Tuesday regarding the rampage shooting. The incident reportedly wreaked havoc as panicked shoppers fled to safety while bullets were flying.
The fatal encounter was reportedly the nation's second mass shooting in a week. It came six days after another attack occurred at three Georgia massage spas that left eight people dead.
The Boulder attack was reportedly the seventh mass killing this year in the country.
Recently, a San Diego rapper, Martell Dean, professionally known as OG YD, was killed while driving on the freeway over the weekend. According to People, the 37-year-old was identified by California Highway Patrol (CHP) on Wednesday.
Dean, who was in the driver’s seat, and two other passengers, were allegedly driving south on I-805 near Imperial Avenue around 2:20 a.m. on Saturday when he and another man in the car were shot.
Dean reportedly died at the hospital. A CHP officer, Mary Bailey, said that no suspect has been identified for the shooting and that the investigation is still ongoing.