Hundreds honor Herrera at candlelight vigil

Friends and family gathered at St Teresa's Catholic Church on Monday night to pay their respects to Officer Mario Herrera.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Family and friends gathered at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church on Monday night to honor Officer Mario Herrera with a candlelight vigil. Herrera died this morning after a two-week long fight for his life. He was shot in the line of duty on August 26 while serving a warrant. Tonight, family and friends celebrated his life.

“He was a very strong person,” Father Jaimie Hottovy said. “Physically he was strong, but he used that strength for goodness. He used it to protect in a gentle way. He was someone who was passionate, joyful and outgoing.”

Herrera was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church for 18 years. Friends of Herrera say the church, family and the community were some of his top priorities.

“He was so dedicated and so passionate in those areas,” Hottovy said. “It’s not a surprise there’s this incredible outpouring.”

Friends and family lined up inside the church to pay their respects to Herrera, say a prayer and light a candle. Lincoln Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird also paid her respects to the fallen officer. For close friends, family and the community the loss of Herrera hits close to home.

“My wife is in the air force and she just joined,” Lincoln resident John Costello said. “I know what it feels like to have someone in the line of duty fighting for our city and country. Just a message for the family, there’s a ton of prayers coming his way right now, for his soul. He’s shining down on us now.”

The vigil will go until midnight tonight. Everyone is welcome to pay their respects.

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