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School district parents organize vigil for Sonny Kim

Crowds gather ahead of the vigil at Loveland Middle School. (FOX19 NOW) Crowds gather ahead of the vigil at Loveland Middle School. (FOX19 NOW)
LOVELAND, OH (FOX 19) -

The American flag flies at half staff at Loveland Middle School in honor of one of the community's own.

Parents in the district contacted Loveland Schools Superintendent Chad Hilliker to organize a Saturday evening vigil for fallen Cincinnati Police officer Sonny Kim. Kim's three sons are students in the district.

"The city, we're heartbroken over the loss of Sonny Kim,” said Hilliker.

It wasn't only the Loveland community that came to honor the 27-year CPD veteran who was shot and killed by a suspect in Madison on Friday.

“We've got people from Cincinnati, people from Mason. Just people who truly care about each other. We can come together and just remember a person who did amazing things,” said Hilliker.

A moment of silence was held, flowers were laid, prayers were said and memories shared. Some from who knew Officer Kim from work, and others who knew him as a karate instructor and a father.

“In the beginning he started off as a teacher and over the years he became a close friend, a role model, a mentor, and he ultimately has become a father figure,” said Kim's former student Arjan Hura.

Superintendent Chad Hilliker says grief counselors will be at Loveland High School Monday morning from 9 a.m. until noon.

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