Vigil For Elk Killed By Cop: Watch Boulder Residents Mourn Dead Animal [VIDEO]
According to the Associated Press, the elk was fatally shot by an on-duty officer, who has since been put on paid leave. Another off-duty officer who allegedly helped load the dead elk's body into a truck has also been put on leave.
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The officer reportedly claims that the elk was limping and thus needed to be put down. At least one witness, however, has denied this version of the events.
The vigil was held on Sunday evening, just days after the killing occurred. KNOE reports that several hundred people attended the event, where they sang songs and lit candles in honor of the dead elk.
"He was a beautiful animal," said Nancy Platt, of Boulder, told the Boulder Daily Camera. "He was hurting nobody. He didn't deserve what he got."
Jim Riemersma told the Daily Camera that he organized this elk vigil to give the neighborhood "a bit of closure." But while the vigil for this elk killed by a cop was meant to be peaceful, many people in attendance called for the officers involved to be jailed or fired.
"I know a lot of us have had a lot of anger, a lot of questions, a lot of uncertainty," he told the crowd at the vigil for this elk killed by a cop. "Tonight's a celebration, a celebration of the elk. We loved him. But I think he loved us, too, because he returned to this neighborhood."
Indeed, area residents had felt particularly attached to this elk. It had apparently visited the neighborhood several times over the past two years, though some felt it had been aggressive towards humans.
Others, however, felt the elk was more like the residents' guardian.
"He was part of the neighborhood," said resident Bobby Brown.
You can watch video of the vigil for the elk killed by a cop here.
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