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Tyler Edenhofer: Hundreds attend vigil honoring fallen DPS trooper

Posted at 9:19 PM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-31 12:29:51-04

Despite Monday night's rain, hundreds of people from all over the Valley came to Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza in Phoenix to show their support for fallen Arizona Department of Public Safety Trooper Tyler Edenhofer

Only on the job for 52 days, Trooper Edenhofer was shot and killed by a suspect Wednesday night on Interstate 10 near Avondale Blvd.

DPS says 20-year-old Isaac King was throwing objects.  

Trooper Edenhofer and several other DPS troopers attempted to take King into custody, but DPS says that's when a scuffle broke out. King was able to get ahold of one of the trooper's guns and shot and killed Trooper Edenhofer. 

Another trooper was shot but is expected to be okay.  A third trooper was also injured in the scuffle. 

King is now facing a number of charges, including first-degree murder

At the candlelight vigil, most held up their cell phones, to illuminate a dark night and moment for our state.

Several speakers, including Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, came to show their support, not just for Trooper Edenhfoer, but also for the family. 

The head of DPS, Col. Frank Milstead, gave an emotional speech. 

"Please stand with us. Support us. And remember Tyler," he said. 

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A public visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, 7007 W. Happy Valley Road.

On Friday, a funeral for Edenhofer will be held at Christ’s Church of the Valley at 10 a.m.

Memorial donations can be made at Navy Federal Credit Union, Account name: Deborah Edenhofer, Account number: 3100588502

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