"It hurts. It hurts all of us:" Emotional vigil held for officer killed in crash near 76th and Silver Spring
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Community members gathered near 76th and Silver Spring on Monday evening to remember 23-year-old Charles Irvine who was killed after his squad car lost control during a pursuit.
A shoulder to shoulder crowd turned out for the ceremony.
"This is a heartbreaking situation and we just feel for the families," said one attendee of the vigil.
"He's gone way too soon," said another attendee.
The 23-year-old cop was killed in a rollover crash during a vehicle pursuit last week. Members of Irvine's family gathered at the vigil along with dozens of others who had never met him. They didn't need to.
"So young and what a tragic loss. It hurts. It hurts all of us that were police officers and aren't police officers," said Dave Hoppe, a retired Wauwatosa Police Officer.
The ceremony celebrated Irvine's life and hailed him as a hero.
"You have no idea if you're going to make it home that night or the end of your shift. Every day, you have to face that," said Tracey Dent, the organizer of the vigil.
This gathering had no politics attached to it, no trace of divisiveness.
"It's very uplifting because although it was a tragedy, things like this do foster that type of engagement that we're looking for in the community," said Quinlan Bishop, community activist.