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Community will come together for prayer vigil in support of Cem Duzel

Posted at 6:49 AM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 08:49:05-04

Colorado Springs – Colorado Springs Police Officer, Cem Duzel remains in the hospital Friday, fighting for his life after being shot early Thursday morning.

Today, the Colorado Springs community will come together in support of the five-year veteran by holding a prayer vigil later this evening.

When people in Colorado Springs got word that Officer Duzel was injured in the line of duty Thursday, a wave of support began rolling in via social media and donations. News 5 spoke to neighbors who said they’re rooting for Duzel and keeping him and his family in their thoughts and prayers. Duzel’s family has reportedly arrived in town to be with him during this difficult time.

Springs resident, Tikyra Angelique was spotted Thursday outside the Police Operations Center with a sign showing her support for the injured officer.

“I’m doing this because I believe in the power of prayer and I just feel so bad because this person must be hurting and his family must be hurting,” Angelique said.

Springs resident, Tikyra Angelique with a sign of support for Officer Duzel

News 5 also spoke to neighbor Skyler Shockley, who said, “At this point I’m really hoping the officer pulls through, I really hope he makes it for his family and for everyone here in Colorado Springs. We’re all rooting for him.”

Colorado Springs Mayor, John Suthers also release a statement, saying in part, “The men and women of CSPD face danger every day in pursuit of safety for our city. We stand with CSPD and his family in prayer, as we wait for word from the hospital.”

The vigil will take place at the Police Operations Center at 7:45 p.m. and is open to the public.