Emotions Run High During Vigil For Fallen Officers
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Stanton Heights Neighborhood Association sponsored a candlelight vigil and memorial tribute to three Pittsburgh officers gunned down two years ago.
Paul Sciullo II, Stephen Mayhle and Eric Kelly were killed during a shootout on April 4, 2009. Officers Sciullo and Mayhle were responding to a domestic call when the gunfire erupted.
The memorial service outside Sunnyside Elementary School was cut short by heavy rain, but emotions ran high.
Officer Kelly’s daughter, Janelle, broke down and cried while talking about the loss of her father.
“Me and my mom – we sit back in my father’s room and we just think about how much … he took from us,” she said while wiping her tears. “He was not just my dad. He was my best friend and it hurts so much to lose him. I pray everyday that he’ll come back.”
Kelly’s mother Francis was on hand, but didn’t want to talk because of a gag order issued by the court.
A few dozen people lit candles outside the school and held a moment of silence. Organizers hope to build a permanent memorial for the officers as a lasting tribute.