Community Gathers To Honor Officer Slain on Christmas Eve

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by Michele McCormack

WAUWATOSA---A candlelight vigil got underway around 10:00 p.m. Monday at the Trinity Episcopal Church.

It was one of many congregations that added thoughts and prayers to their Christmas services for Officer Jennifer Sebena who was shot and killed between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m.

Pastor Chris Manke says he received a call around 5:00 a.m.

Investigators wanted to take a look inside the church, to see if anyone connected to the shooting might have broken in to hide.

Church member Rusty Zosel tells CBS 58 that, "Especially on a night like tonight we feel for the force and families involved in this terrible thing."

Pastor Manke recalled not only the local tragedy but the recent shooting of school children in Connecticut.

"With this incident and Sandy Hook School and all the things we've experienced, it make the message of Christmas so much more important."

Officer Sebena was married to an Iraq war veteran and lived in Menomonee Falls.

Late Monday night her family and the police department sent out a statement thanking the community for its thoughts and prayers.

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