Purple ribbons adorned trees and posts throughout Denver’s City Park as residents came out on July 1 to show their support and express condolences for the loss of Denver Police Officer Celena Hollis. A vigil was held in honor of Hollis who was shot and killed just a week before at the same park while trying to break up a fight after a concert held to honor jazz bassist Charlie Burrell. Denver Police and other law enforcement personnel stood in solidarity, and escorted Celena’s family into the concert grounds.
Denver Police Chief Robert White and Denver’s Mayor Michael Hancock addressed the crowd before the concert began and both urged Denver’s citizens to pursue peace this summer and show support for both Hollis and the community. Hancock closed his remarks saying, “Let’s get this party started!” The Lionel Young Band provided music as the citizens of Denver turned their mourning into dancing in honor of Hollis.