Hundreds attend vigil for fallen Wayne State Sgt. Collin Rose

- Tuesday marked one week since Wayne State officer Collin Rose, 29, lost his life in the line of duty. The Wayne State community honored him with an evening candlelight vigil.

Hundreds held their peace as Taps played over Gullen Mall. Students and faculty, cops and strangers paid their respects.

Rose was awarded a citation for valor and posthumously promoted to sergeant during the vigil. Wayne State police Chief Anthony Holt issued the honors. A moment of silence was also held at the time when Rose was shot one week earlier. 

University President M. Roy Wilson says a $25,000 endowed scholarship is being created in Rose's name.

"He would deer hunt; he would bring us back some meat and stuff like that," Clifford Rose, Collin's grandfather, said. "He was just a good kid."

A good kid whose life was violently cut short. Memories now the only solace for those he left behind.

"Collin was like a son to me," said one police officer. "I was his first field training officer. Funny kid. He kept us laughing and that's the thing, and that's how I want to remember him."

Roses fittingly adorned the fallen officer's service vehicle at the candlelight  vigil. Rose's K-9 partner, Wolverine, also made an appearance, but now in the hands of a new owner, fellow officer Andy Grimm.

"That 110-pound Shepherd in there, I always tell them my next dog is going to be 50 pounds," Grimm said. "I didn't expect to be getting one this soon. Definitely not the way I would have wanted it to happen."

Wayne State students feel the same way their officers do. The mood on campus is somber. Students say the mood at the school has been somber since Rose was gunned down last week.

"It’s just a weird vibe on this campus, definitely sorrow and sadness," one student said.

"I feel like everybody has been affected by it in some way or another," said another.

"I just feel like we don't appreciate enough all the people that are here for us every day and we take for granted the excellent police force that we have," said another.

If that is the case, it may not be much longer as students stopped to shake hands with officers at the vigil, just saying thank you.

The appreciation that many hold privately was made plain Tuesday night.

"It's sad that it had to take for that to happen for everybody to show their condolences and appreciation," a student said. "But everybody needs to stand together regardless of crime or anything we just need to help each other out. It would be a better world if everybody just helped each other out."

A public visitation at Ford Field is happening Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a funeral Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.

Rose was shot as he tried to arrest DeAngelo Davis, who faces murder and gun charges. He's under arrest, but the investigation still continues. 

Police have released surveillance video of a man who may have witnessed the shooting Nov. 22 in the area of Lincoln and Brainard in the Woodbridge neighborhood. Investigators want to talk to him, hoping he can provide more details about the moments that led up to the shooting that killed Officer Collin Rose.

University President M. Roy Wilson says a $25,000 endowed scholarship is being created in Rose's name.

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