NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite, New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison and other city leaders were among the hundreds who attended a vigil, Tuesday, for fallen NOPD officer Daryle Holloway.
"When it comes to officer Holloway he lived his life the same way he lost it, fighting to protect the safety of all of us on these streets," Polite said.
Holloway was killed Saturday morning when he was shot inside his unit by Travis Boys, a prisoner he was transporting. Holloway's unit crashed near the intersection of North Claiborne and Elysian Fields Avenues. A manhunt ensued for Boys, who was apprehended around 24 hours later.
The NOPD's motorcycle squad started the evening with a procession in front of Holloway's mothers house. The Holloway family watched from the balcony of the house as the procession passed.
Multiple NOPD officers who attended all say they've never seen such an outpouring of support for one of their own.
People gathered from all over the street to light candles and sing hymns. Some even standing on rooftops to catch a glimpse of what was happening. The vigil's speakers spoke of just how overwhelming the public support has been while preaching a message of peace.
Harrison spoke of Holloway, who was not only his colleague, but also a close friend. "He served this community to the best of his ability and treated everybody the way he wanted to be treated," he said. "The way he would want his mother to be treated, the way he would want his children to be treated. He did that everyday of his career."
Holloway will be laid to rest Saturday. His mother tonight after thanking the massive crowd for attending, asked them to pray for another mom who is grieving, the mom of Travis Boys' who's charged with killing Holloway.