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Candlelight vigil honors WSU Police Sgt. Collin Rose one year after his death

Posted at 10:38 PM, Nov 22, 2017

The community is remembering a fallen hero. Wayne State University Police Sgt. Collin Rose was killed in the line of duty, while patrolling near campus one year ago.

Emotions were strong at a candlelight vigil at Lincoln and Selden, the location where Rose was gunned down.

Those who came to pay tribute recalled his incredible personality.

"Just an infectious smile, a truly wonderful young man and great officer," said co-worker Valerie Guerriero.

Rose was also known for building stronger relationships between the community and local police.

"We had a whole class of 7th and 8th graders come and read poetry and talk about how much they missed him," said Police Chief Anthony Holt.

Rose's legacy lives on in those he mentored and inspired. Among them, K-9 handler Greg Roberts who has taken on working with his K-9 "Wolverine."

Roberts recalls Rose always making time for the kids in the neighborhoods and setting a great example.

"I'm just trying to work up to that level, to be half the guy he was as a K-9 handler," said Roberts.

A scholarship fund and dog park have been dedicated to Rose's memory.

The man charged with murdering Rose and shooting 2 other Detroit Police officers remains in custody, but so far has been declared incompetent to stand trial.