Community steps up to pay tribute to fallen deputy, donate to family

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. -- It did not take long for people to step up and show their support for the Parrish family.

Almost as quickly as the news spread of Douglas County sheriff's deputy Zackari Parrish’s death, the community responded with flowers, flags, balloons and just being there to show respect and support.

Highlands Ranch resident Colleen Meyer, who teaches at Saddle Ranch Elementary School, stopped by the makeshift memorial with her children to pay respect.

“I was shocked and angry and sad and what a tragedy at the sheriff's office," she said. "Police officers put themselves out there for us on a regular basis.“

A GoFundMe account for the Parrish family has been established but for now, the Meyer family will be praying.

“Our family is going to pray about it and see what we can do or what we are called to do," Meyer said.