RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ)- Thousands gathered inside EKU’s Alumni Coliseum, Wednesday, hoping to pay last respects to an Richmond officer many are calling a hero.
Officer Daniel Ellis was shot one week ago Wednesday while investigating a robbery in Richmond. He died at UK Hospital days later but since the day of his fatal injury, he’s been on the minds of folks in Kentucky and the U.S.
After a Tuesday visitation, Ellis was memorialized during a large service on EKU’s campus, his alma mater. Law enforcement and first responders from across the country packed the Coliseum in the service which saw the university’s president, Richmond’s police chief, Larry Brock and Ellis’ pastor speak. Songs of mourning and praise filled the air inside the Coliseum which eventually spilled outside, where officer carried Ellis’ casket into the hearse and along the procession.
Those traveling in the procession, were greeted with a considerate surprise before they took off. While many mourned inside, others honored Ellis in another way. ABC 36 caught up with two women, placing bottled water and snacks on the windows of vehicles set to take part in the procession.
According to state troopers, that procession was 15-miles long and traveled more than 100-miles to Ellis’ final resting place in Adair County.