Community comes together for Officer Herrera
Rosaries and prayer vigils happened Thursday evening across Lincoln, all for officer Mario Herrera who was shot in the line of duty Wednesday while serving an arrest warrant at 33rd and Vine Street.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Rosaries and prayer vigils happened Thursday evening all across Lincoln for officer Mario Herrera, who was shot in the line of duty Wednesday while serving an arrest warrant at 33rd and Vine Street.
The football field at Pius High School in Lincoln was filled with students praying for the injured officer. The Senior Class President, Jemma Larsen, put the event together after hearing the troubling news but also after learning that she is fellow classmates with one of the injured officers children.
“It’s hard to hear that these people that protect us are getting hurt out there” she said.
On the other side of town, a prayer vigil was held in honor of officer Herrera at his own safe house, St. Teresa’s Catholic Church. He has been apart of that church for the past 18-years. Father Jamie Hottovy put on the service both Wednesday and Thursday evening, asking anyone that would like to come say a prayer, to join. He said the church was packed with friends and family of Herrera.
Hottovy told Channel 8 News what kind of man Mario is.
“He is a dedicated family man and everything he does he puts his complete heart and soul into.”