Community gathers for prayer vigil to remember fallen officer

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Community members, youth groups and local ministers came together Saturday to remember IMPD officer Rod Bradway, who was shot and killed responding to a domestic disturbance on the northwest side.

Mourners gathered to pray for Bradway’s family at the scene of the shooting at the Eagle Pointe Apartments, near 46th and High School Road.

“We are here as a community to just lift up the family in prayer,” said Rev. Malachi Walker, executive director for Young Men Inc. Youth Ministry. “It’s such a sad time in the city whenever a law enforcement officer is shot in the line of duty.”

IMPD chief Rick Hite was also there, praising Bradway for saving the woman and child who were reportedly being held hostage by the shooter, Steven Byrdo.

“Who knows what would have happened if that officer hadn’t stepped in when he did,” said Hite. “Who knows what would have happened to that young lady if he didn’t step in there? He saved two lives.”

“Our thoughts and prayers will continue to go out to the Bradway family,” said Walker. “To kill a peacekeeper, an IMPD officer, is really heartbreaking. It’s sad but I know that we can do better.”