INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Fellow Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers gathered Wednesday night to honor Officer Perry Renn. He was remembered as a dedicated worker and a loving husband.
The vigil was to remember him and show fellow officers the Indianapolis community is feeling their pain.
There were no empty seat inside the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police Lodge as members of IMPD, their families and people from the community gathered to remember fallen Officer Perry Renn. For the second time in less than a year, IMPD is mourning the loss one if their own.
“I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that this a very wonderful show of support, both for our community and for the men and women of IMPD and our community and law enforcement around central Indiana,” said FOP President Bill Owensby.
Owensby spoke at the vigil. He wanted his fellow brothers and sisters in blue to know they are loved and have support.
“It’s unfortunate that tragedies like this bring us together, but it’s also fortunate. Fortunate for our men and women to see and fortunate for the citizens they protect,” he said
Markisha Murphy works for IMPD; She came to support her second family.
“It’s difficult to deal with because we’ve all become so close working together everyday, so it’s just like losing a loved one,” Murphy said
Doctor Christopher Holland also spoke at the vigil. He’s the lead pastor at the Father’s House, a church that has helped IMPD in their time of need.
“These men and women can’t do this alone,” said Dr. Holland.
Doctor Holland had a message for the citizens in the room. He wanted them to know that it’s time to take a stand and take back the community.
“I don’t know about you, but I refuse to live in a society where people on the street are so afraid of retribution or death that they can not make evil known when evil needs to be called out,” he said
“Whatever you’ve gotta do to help us to get rid of the element that seeks to take human life over, over and over,” Dr. Holland said during a moment of prayer.
After the moment of prayer the crowed illuminated with blue glow sticks and the Lords Prayer to remember Officer Renn who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
FOP Vice President Rick Snyder ended the vigil by saying (You) and I have help Officer Renn’s life and death stand for something.