Vigil held for fallen Norfolk police officer

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by Jonathan Costen, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 5:06 PM

NORFOLK -- Hundreds gathered at a candlelight vigil to remember slain Norfolk Police Officer Brian Jones Tuesday night. 

After a brief service inside the Third Patrol Division building on Asbury Avenue the mourners gathered outside.

Officer Jones was shot and killed after responding to a seemingly random shooting spree near Wellington Road on May 30.

Jones' wife thanked the crowd for their support and they lit and raised candles to honor the fallen officer.

Two of Jones' partners said the officer had his priorities straight.

"It was always God first, family and then his work profession. He never swayed from that scenario,"  Officer Odell Davis said.  

Another partner said Jones always smiled and he always had advice for the other men he worked with.

"[He was] constantly telling the guys to keep their eyes at home trying to make them not go anywhere else and constantly talking about his kids," said MPO Carrie Maglalang.

A somber Amazing Grace was played on the bagpipes and then Pharrell Williams' Happy Song played loudly from a patrol car.  

Police say Jones edited a video of himself and one of his sons riding a roller coaster with that song in the background and would always show to others.

Viewing services for the fallen officer will be held Wednesday, June 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road in Virginia Beach.

Funeral services will take place on Thursday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at The Rock Church, 640 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. He will then be laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk.

A fundraiser sponsored by the Police Emerald Society is being held to benefit the Jones' family on  Sunday, June 8.

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