Neighborhood holds vigil in honor of Jaimie Cox

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- People are continuing to pay tribute to the legacy officer Jaimie Cox left behind.

Although he didn't work in their district Orchid Neighborhood Association members say Jaimie Cox deserves a big thank-you. That's the reason, they say, they decided to plan a prayer vigil tonight, in his memory.

Rockford Police Chief Dan O'shea is always moved by the way people unite in times like these.

"We're all in this together, and the only way we can get through this is if we're all in it together, so our family needs to be mixed in with the whole community," says O'Shea.

"Rockford's a very supportive community, and sometimes I think that gets lost out in the weeds sometimes, but they have been overwhelmingly supportive."

O'Shea gathers with dozens of community members for a prayer vigil to mourn and honor officer Jaimie Cox, who was killed Sunday morning during a traffic stop.

Anthony Mash says he didn't know officer cox personally, but believes paying respects for those who serve is important,

"I came out tonight to show support... as a community, as a city... stand together, united," says Mash.

Organizers say tonight is time to say goodbye and thank-you.

"I think it helps us with closure, and also helps the family know how important Officer Cox was to all of us. It's hard, but I think it's important for the community to grieve, and I think it helps to grieve together," says ORCHiD Neighborhood Association President, Becky Lichty.

"Not just Rockford, but we all need a whole lot more understanding and a whole lot more love and a lot less hate," says O'Shea.

Cox's family says they are very grateful to everyone who has taken time to honor Cox in any way.

O'Shea tells us that Cox was selfless and was always finding a way to work for the community.