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Bardstown commemorates 1st anniversary of Ofc. Jason Ellis' murder

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More than 2,000 milk jugs were donated, sorted and filled, each with a candle inside. More than 2,000 milk jugs were donated, sorted and filled, each with a candle inside.
The candles light the six-mile path from the site of Ellis' murder to his final resting place. The candles light the six-mile path from the site of Ellis' murder to his final resting place.
Ofc. Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department) Ofc. Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department)

NELSON COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Exactly one year ago, a Nelson County community lost someone it called a hero. Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was killed in the middle of the night on his way home.

On Sunday night, a trail of lights in his memory reignited the hope of catching Ellis' killer.

"You know, they've been collecting jugs for the past few months," said Ellis' friend Nathan Jones.

More than 2,000 milk jugs were donated, sorted and filled, each with a candle inside.

"It's taken countless volunteers to actually collect the jugs, get them here and all the other things that the community has done," Jones said.

It's a community that won't forget.

On May 25, 2013, Ellis was ambushed and gunned down, left in the middle of exit 34 along the Bluegrass Parkway.

On the one-year anniversary of his death, there are still no arrests.

"It's just difficult to believe that this happened and nobody knows anything," said fellow officer and friend Jonathan Snow.

Hundreds of leads and thousands of tips have poured in, but no answers as to who killed the father of two and why.

Ellis joins fewer than 20 cases nationwide in which an officer's murder has gone unsolved in almost 20 years, according to the FBI. This case is on the agency's Most Wanted list.

The milk jugs light the more than six miles from the spot where Ellis was killed to his final resting place. The lights are a sign of hope that one day justice will be served for the man who swore to serve others.

A $200,000 reward is being offered for an arrest and conviction in this case. It is the highest reward amount offered in Kentucky's history.

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