Community gathers to support family of fallen DPS trooper Tyler Edenhofer

PHOENIX - Hundreds gathered Saturday to honor and support fallen DPS trooper Tyler Edenhofer.

The 24-year-old Navy veteran was shot and killed July 25 on I-10 during a scuffle with a suspect. Months later, the community is still rallying around his loved ones.

Before the blue lights, funeral ceremonies, and tributes, friends described Edenhofer as a gear-head and trooper-in-training.

"Tyler had a lot of passions, and some of the passions that he had were Mustangs and motorcycles, that’s kind of where the name came from," said Joe Seabert, a close friend.

The community of fellow Mustang enthusiasts gathered at the Rustler's Rooste Saturday to raise money for Tyler's family, and show their appreciation for his life of service.

"If it involved people and the public, and helping, that was him. That was him all the way around," said Seabert.

Edenhofer's family did not have anything to say at the event because the pain is still too raw. Maggie Jones knows that feeling all too well.

"My foundation is that Joshua Kinnard foundation, I started it a few months back when my fiancé passed away six months ago. He was an MCSO officer that was shot and killed," said Jones.

Maggie's foundation honoring her fiance is helping Tyler's fiance.

"This is close to my heart because it is another fallen officer and we just felt like we wanted to step in and provide some help and support that this is a great event," said Maggie, who helped organize a raffle with all the money going to Tyler's fiance.

Thousands of dollars have been raised for Edenhofer's family. If you would like to help the Edenhofer family, click here.

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