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Hundreds show up for vigil honoring slain Westerville Police officers

Fallen Westerville Police Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were honored in a vigil Tuesday night. (WSYX/WTTE)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- Fallen Westerville Police Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were honored in a vigil Tuesday night.

Hundreds of people came to First Responders Park in Westerville for the vigil.

Officers Morelli and Joering were fatally shot Saturday, February 10th while responding to a domestic incident.

Dennis McKibben knew Officer Morelli as his block watch liaison officer.

"It's like losing a brother, like losing a good friend, I mean a really good friend. And this just really hurts," said McKibben.

Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said community support is helping the department heal.

"That's what makes this community special. This is a place where people care about people. And it shows unfortunately during this tragic incident," said Morbitzer.

Westerville resident Dave Fesenmyer, who also attended the vigil, said he is thinking of the officers' families and the sacrifice they made.

"They were supposed to protect us and we couldn't even protect them."

During the vigil, it was announced a memorial to both officers will be built at First Responders Park.

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