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Photos: Celena Hollis vigil marked by tears, resolve

Big photos below.
Big photos below.

Earlier today, Kelsey Whipple shared her account of City Park Jazz's tribute to Celena Hollis, the Denver police officer murdered at the event the previous week. Westword's Nathan Federico also attended, and he tells the story in vivid, often emotional photos featuring the likes of Denver Police Chief Robert White, Mayor Michael Hancock, dozens of officers and Hollis's many loved ones. Check out the gallery below.

A banner hangs from City Park Pavilion in remembrance of Officer Celena Hollis.
A banner hangs from City Park Pavilion in remembrance of Officer Celena Hollis.
Photo by Nathan Federico
A shrine honors the fallen officer.
A shrine honors the fallen officer.
Photo by Nathan Federico
Ribbons colored purple -- Hollis's favorite color -- festooned the park.
Ribbons colored purple -- Hollis's favorite color -- festooned the park.
Photo by Nathan Federico
Tien Tong of the Crime Prevention and Control Commission hands out purple ribbons to the City Park crowd.
Tien Tong of the Crime Prevention and Control Commission hands out purple ribbons to the City Park crowd.
Photo by Nathan Federico

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Proceeds from sales of shirts and posters benefited the family.
Proceeds from sales of shirts and posters benefited the family.
Photo by Nathan Federico
Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union employees were among those collecting donations.
Rocky Mountain Law Enforcement Federal Credit Union employees were among those collecting donations.
Photo by Nathan Federico
The Reverend Milton Thomas says a prayer during the vigil.
The Reverend Milton Thomas says a prayer during the vigil.
Photo by Nathan Federico
Representative Angela Williams gave a speech about gang violence.
Representative Angela Williams gave a speech about gang violence.
Photo by Nathan Federico

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Denver police Chief Robert White during the vigil.
Denver police Chief Robert White during the vigil.
Photo by Nathan Federico
Chief White, Mayor Michael Hancock and Reverend Thomas bow their heads in prayer.
Chief White, Mayor Michael Hancock and Reverend Thomas bow their heads in prayer.
Photo by Nathan Federico
Police officers from throughout Colorado lined up to salute Hollis's family.
Police officers from throughout Colorado lined up to salute Hollis's family.
Photo by Nathan Federico
Hollis's family members as they entered the park.
Hollis's family members as they entered the park.
Photo by Nathan Federico

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Many members of Hollis's family were emotional during the ceremony.
Many members of Hollis's family were emotional during the ceremony.
Photo by Nathan Federico
A Denver police officer shares his feelings about gang and drug violence.
A Denver police officer shares his feelings about gang and drug violence.
Photo by Nathan Federico
Chief White also discussed gang violence.
Chief White also discussed gang violence.
Photo by Nathan Federico
Mayor Hancock saluted the police officers who protect the community.
Mayor Hancock saluted the police officers who protect the community.
Photo by Nathan Federico

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Lionel Young and his band opened with the song "Amazing Grace."
Lionel Young and his band opened with the song "Amazing Grace."
Photo by Nathan Federico
Many of the songs Young and the other musicians performed were among Hollis's favorites.
Many of the songs Young and the other musicians performed were among Hollis's favorites.
Photo by Nathan Federico
A look at the City Park Jazz crowd.
A look at the City Park Jazz crowd.
Photo by Nathan Federico
A peaceful evening.
A peaceful evening.
Photo by Nathan Federico

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