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      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.

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