Officer Shaw prayer vigil focused on healing, forgiveness

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 23 at 1:20 PM

LANCASTER - Over 200 showed up for Officer Craig Shaw's prayer vigil Wednesday morning at the First United Methodist Church in Lancaster.

Shaw was the first Lancaster officer killed while on-duty. The 37-year-old husband and father of two was gunned down on Father's Day while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

"You guys that know him know that he was a warrior," said Chief Keith Humphrey, Lancaster Police Department, while speaking at the vigil. "He would always go to the fight. He was the first one that would always volunteer no matter what."

Officers from the Dallas Police Department also came to share their support.

"I know all our brothers and sisters at the Dallas Police Department our praying for the City of Lancaster and for Officer Shaw and his family," said Sgt. Marcia Treja, Dallas Police Department.

Those in his community also expressed grief.

"To happen on Father's Day was really hard," said Yashica Dunn, a Lancaster resident. "So, my heart goes out to his family and his co-workers and partners and everyone else."

Many also came out to support the McMillian family. Jeremy McMillian, 23, was an innocent bystander who was shot and killed.

The service also focused on healing and forgiving the alleged shooter, who was killed in a shootout with police. David Brown Jr., the son of Dallas police Chief David Brown Sr., allegedly shot McMillian and Shaw after fighting with his girlfriend, who said "he was having a psychotic breakdown..." during a 911 call to police.

E-mail: mdiaz@wfaa.com

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