NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Tuesday night, Norfolk police officers gathered for a candlelight vigil honoring their fallen brother, Officer Brian Jones.
“To lose a fellow officer like this is very tough,” said Officer Odell Davis.
“We can get through this together,” added Officer Daniel Hudson. “Brian was one of those people that could tell a story. That’s why he was so good at what he does. He understood his audience and understood people.”
The story of Officer Brian Jones is why brothers and sisters in blue were together, mourning the loss of a family member.
“I don’t know if it has quite fully hit me, yet,” said Master Police Officer Carrie Maglalang. “I’m just trying to get through tonight and the next several days, but it definitely hits close to home.”
Jones was killed responding to call Friday night. His death created a department full of broken hearts.
“He gave his life,” Maglalang added. “I would say he was very brave. He paid the ultimate price — knowing what could have happened, he still went forward and did everything he needed to do.”
Jones spent five years on the force, the last one as a community resource officer. He was described as someone who couldn’t wait to get to work, wanting to better the city.
“He was always the type of officer that wouldn’t just sit around,” Hudson said. “He was always willing to go out there and do above and beyond what was called of him.”
No one wants to bury a brother or sister — no one, especially when the loss is unexpected.
“Brian is a spot in our heart,” Hudson said. “That’s a hole right now that cannot be replaced. That is who he was.”