DETROIT (WXYZ) — Today marks one year since Detroit police officer Fadi Shukur was killed in the line of duty.
A vigil was held in his honor along West McNichols on the city's west side early this morning.
On Aug. 4, 2018, Officer Fadi Shukur was working crowd control here on West Mcnichols near Stahelin. While he was walking to his patrol car, another car hit him and took off.
“Fadi cared, cared about his job, cared about county, cared about duty,” said Shukur's mother.
At midnight the family of Fadi Shukur, along side his co-workers, met to remember his life and legacy.
One year ago today- @detroitpolice Officer Fadi Shukur died. On August 4th, 2018 a car hit him while conducting crowd control. He stayed in critical condition for days before he passed away. @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/QGvHHSoBSC— Ali Hoxie (@ali_hoxie) August 15, 2019
“Fadi gave us all the reason to live and to keep doing what we are doing," his mother said.
His fellow officers rushed him to Sinai-Grace Hospital in a squad car— just a few blocks away. He remained in critical condition, until he passed away days later on Aug. 15.
At today’s vigil, his co-workers talked about how much fun Fadi was to work with. He was a new police officer— spending his 18 months of the job working at the 8th precinct.
His co-workers remembered Fadi’s contagious smile and how much he loved his new wife Nadine.
“I had the pleasure of working with Fadi that night and that's all he talked about... lightening the mood. That is all he talked about was the amazing trip he took his Nadine on, the amazing honeymoon," said a fellow officer.
The man who hit Officer Shukur eventually turned himself into police. In March, 19-year-old Johnathan Cole was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.