Vigil for Metro officer killed at concert shooting

LAS VEGAS - Hundreds of people gathered at Ed Fountain Park Monday night to celebrate and remember the off-duty Metro Police Officer killed during an outdoor country music festival in Las Vegas.

Charles Hartfield was one of 59 people who lost their lives after a gunman opened fire on the crowd of about 22,000 people from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Hartfield was a 16 year veteran of the United States Military, an 11 year veteran of the police force, a football coach, husband and father.

Troy, one of Hartfields's close friends, spoke to 8 News Now's Jon Tritsch during the vigil. Troy said he knew Hartfield went to the concert Sunday night and sent him a text after he heard about the shooting to see if he was OK. Troy said he never received a text back.

"It was his passion to make people push themselves to be better people. Not just on the football field. Charles talked to kids and adults too about being better people and having more respect for each other -- right and wrong. As you saw here tonight, there's a few hundred people here from all different teams and everyone had the same since of how beautiful Charles was as a person. If you know his kids, his family, his wife, then you know he was such a good person. They always say the good ones go too early and there's no truer statement when it comes to Charles. He will be missed," said Troy. "At the end of the day we lost a great one in Charles Hartfield. My heart is very heavy."

 


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