Memorial grows for fallen Adams County deputy

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The memorial for fallen Adams County sheriff's deputy Heath Gumm is growing.

On Monday, more people stopped by the patrol SUV outside the sheriff's substation in Commerce City to leave flowers and flags, and write notes.

This includes 7-year-old Arianny Herrera, who's elementary school is near the Thornton area where Gumm was shot and killed on Wednesday.

"Thank you for your support," she wrote.

"I think that it’s cool that people come here and they see the car and they have something for him," Herrerra said.

"I don’t think she fully understands, but she understands enough that someone was hurt," said Herrerra's mother, Kayla Herrera. "She knows it’s someone who’s supposed to be out protecting the neighborhood where she goes to school."

The Adams County Sheriff's Office relayed the story Monday of how Gumm got his nickname, Gumball.

The nickname comes from Gumm being close with another deputy, Dustin Ball. They went through patrol training together in 2013.

Ball calls Gumm, "One of the greatest men I’ve ever known."

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