Posted: Dec 25, 2013 10:40 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Dec 26, 2013 4:51 AM
TUPELO- People came together on Christmas Day for a memorial for a police officer, originally from Baton Rouge, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in Mississippi earlier this week.
A large crowd gathered with candles, held in the air, as the sun sank into the night Wednesday. The group sang songs and talked about moving forward after the shooting death of officer Kevin Stauffer.
Stauffer, a member of the Louisiana National Guard, attended high school at McKinley High in East Baton Rouge. He leaves behind a daughter, 6, and a son, 2, and a family still in the capital region.
"I think their world is rocked now," said David Buss, the family's pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Buss met with Stauffer's parents before they left town.
"We said a prayer before they left for their safekeeping, and that the man is brought to justice who killed [Kevin]."
Police have not identified a suspect, but are looking for someone described as a person of interest.
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