Community Sings Carols For Cops, Ribbons Commemorate

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - In central Topeka, people living near the Dillons on 1400 SW. Huntoon Street say they want their neighborhood to ring with voices of joy instead of the gunshots that ended two officers' lives Sunday.

Several dozen community members, including city council members, came together to take a stance against the violence that took Corporal David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly's lives, singing Christmas carols in honor of their law enforcement officers.

Organizers say they want everyone to know Central Topeka is a good place to live.

"We wanted to bring some positive energy back into this neighborhood after the tragic events that happened here Sunday night, with the two policemen being murdered here in this parking lot," Sue Ann Seel, one of the event's organizers said.

Dillons managers invited the group to come in from the cold and they continued to spread their joyful message through the aisles.

Signs of grief for Corporal Gogian and Officer Atherly and solidarity with the law enforcement community are visible all around town.

After Sunday night's shooting downtown merchants went to work to tie black and blue fabric on 80 light poles to show their respect for the fallen officers.

The ribbons line poles from 11th Street to 3d Street on the avenue ending right in front of the Topeka police station.

They honor Gogian, Atherly and all first responders who continue to serve our community.


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