KANSAS CITY, Kan - KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Sunday night vigil honoring two fallen Wyandotte County sheriff's deputies delivered a powerful, uplifting message.
Candles held in the air, those in attendance observed a moment of silence.
City and state leaders talked to the crowd, offering words of comfort to the families of Deputies Patrick Rohrer and Theresa "TK" King.
"Even our tears for Patrick and Theresa and one another cannot fully express our deep sadness and our deep care," Mayor David Alvey said.
The Wyandotte County law enforcement family was out in full force to show support. Many people in the large crowd were either family or friends, or someone who was impacted by Rohrer and King, who were killed serving their community.
"We need more people like that. We need to strive to be like them and people would have a better place to live in," said Max Sybrant, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #40.
Friends, family and coworkers have described the two deputies as some of the best both professionally and personally.
"We're all human behind the badge. We see a lot of tragedy. We see a lot of grief. It hits really close to home when it's one of your own," Sybrant said.
But through the pain, in a passionate speech, Sheriff Don Ash said this:
"Get this clearly: do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
Both deputies will be laid to rest Thursday at 9:00 a.m. at Children's Mercy Park.