Two years later, vigil honors 'everybody's favorite cop'
EUGENE, Ore. - Two years ago, April 22 was a Friday.
A motorcycle officer spotted an erratic driver that afternoon and decided to take action to help keep the roads safe.
That "routine traffic" took a tragic turn, as all Eugene and Oregon soon learned what investigators pieced together:
A single bullet from the mentally ill driver's gun killed Officer Chris Kilcullen, a Eugene-raised cop, husband, son, father and friend. He was 43.
Kilcullen's fellow officer remembered him as a beat cop who took an interest in the well-being of the mentally ill people he met on the job.
The woman accused of shooting Kilcullen remains in a state mental hospital, deemed unfit to stand trial.
A gathering on the second anniverary of the shooting offered friends, family and strangers an opportunity to share stories by candlelight about the person lost that day.