EULESS, TX — When a tragedy like the killing of Officer David Hofer hits a small community like Euless, it’s personal for every resident.
“I’m feeling hurt,” said Erica Kelley, a Euless resident. “I just met the officer Monday, and he was a really sweet guy.”
But it can also be a great test of what a community can do.
Well, so far, the folks of Euless and North Texas have stood strong behind the loved ones of their fallen hero. Makeshift memorials have been set up at Euless PD and the park where Hofer was shot.
More than just symbolic gestures, the North Texas family is doing everything they can financially to ease the burden on Officer Hofer’s fiancée.
A GoFundMe page set up in Hofer’s honor blew past its target goal of $15,000 in only a day.
Also in on the giving is the Russ Martin Show Listener Foundation. The radio show’s benefit for fallen officers and firefighters donated $30,000 to Marta Danylyk, Hofer’s fiancée.
The community can also say their final farewell on Saturday for the public memorial service being held at Pennington Football Field in Bedford at 1 o’clock -- one last chance for North Texans to stand united behind a grieving family and department.