Slain officer honored at City Park

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DENVER -- The music was back at Denver's City Park on Sunday evening, one week after a police officer was shot and killed while performing security there.

32-year-old Celena Hollis died when she tried to break up a fight during the June 24 City Park Jazz concert. A week later, concertgoers jammed the park to hear jazz once again.

"We weren't going to let that incident, which was somewhat of an aberration, stop us from coming here," Gregory Hunt said. "It saddened us quite a bit and it did make us wonder about the future of this event. We're glad that it's going forward."

Sunday's program was preceded by a brief prayer vigil for Hollis near the park bandstand. A number of the fallen officer's colleagues and many others saluted Hollis and created a path for her family as they walked into the event.

Denver Police Chief Robert White said the concert was a way of demonstrating that the park belongs to the city and not to criminals.

"If anyone is remotely afraid to come, they need to understand that's what those crooks are counting on," White said. "So I think we all have to come out of our houses and do the right thing."

Earlier Sunday at a Five Points restaurant, several thousand dollars were raised for Hollis' 12-year-old daughter. A 21-year-old man with possible gang ties is currently in custody for Hollis' murder.