Christmas Carolers Sing To Honor 2 Fallen Officers


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- In honor of Monday's one year anniversary, people from all over Kansas came together to lift their voices in song.

"Jingle bells, jingle bells jingle all the way," sang Christmas carolers.
Community members from all over Kansas joined together to sing Christmas carols in front of Dillon's Food Market at 1400 SW Huntoon, the same place Topeka Police Officer Jeff Atherly and Corporal David Gogian were shot and killed one year ago.

Jessica Stanton says she heard about the event on Facebook and wanted to show her support. "Why wouldn't you want them to be remembered?" she asks, "they sacrificed everything for people to remember, and honor them in the way they should be honored."

Justin Hosman drove out from Paxico to listen to the carolers sing.

"I'm friends with the police department, and collaborate with them so I heard it was happening and it's just neat to be able to honor the police department and do it this time of year," says Hosman.

"Always show the unity of the people, really that's what community is all about. It is coming together when tragedy and those things happen and bring peace and harmony in our community," says Pastor Harry Christian from Asbury United Methodist Church.

A time for the community to reunite and sing in honor of the fallen officers.

"Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la," sing the Christmas carolers as they stroll through the inside of the Dillon's store and shoppers pause to listen.

"We can rejoice in something they've done for us!" says Stanton.

This was the second year carolers gathered to sing at Dillon's.


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