Mayor Michael Hancock of Denver has called for the community to attend The Jazz in The Park Summer Concert Series this Sunday as a salute to the memory of slain Officer Celena Hollis who lost her life last week at the City Park event.
In an attempt to break up a gang fight, the off duty Officer Celena Hollis was shot in the face last Sunday, June 24th and later died on the way to the hospital. The suspected gun man, Rollin Oliver, a self described gang member, is being held for first degree murder.
This coming Sunday’s performance will be dedicated to the memory of the slain Officer Hollis. It is an opportunity for the community to donate to a fund for financial support for the daughter of the slain public servant. Mayor Hancock spoke on Friday to encourage the community to come out in large numbers to make a stand for justice and show community support for bringing peace to Denver,
For full details on this Jazz in The Park Memorial Service of sorts. Take a look at this link:
This incident in City Park is not an isolated event by any means. Reports are that the City Park, Park Hill and Stapleton areas that comprise District 2 are seeing a significant increase in violent crimes this year. It destroys the family atmosphere that has been built in this central area where the Zoo and the Natural History Museum are nearby to the City Park golf course.
Now, this once pleasant. regular community gathering on Sundays to hear music in a serene setting on warm summer nights will never be regarded in the same manner hereafter. The click of a trigger took the life of a good citizen and the joy from the community. The summer of 2012 Jazz in The Park series is now a somber serenade .
Those who attend Jazz in The Park will remember murder in the park, There may be a large volume in attendance for this special event tomorrow, where Mayor Hancock vows to attend in defiance to those who would terrorize the community. Thereafter, expect a decrease in attendance.
As the community recoils from the ugly memory of murder in the park, one can also expect an insidious increase in strained race relations in Denver because of this senseless crime,