About 200 people marched from Bismarck to the Liberty Memorial Bridge on Sunday to honor Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte, who was killed in the line of duty late last month.
The group started in the Bank of North Dakota parking lot where speakers talked about Holte, who was 29 years old when when he died on May 27 after being shot while officers served eviction papers at an apartment in Grand Forks. He left behind a wife and an infant son.
The participants prayed, then walked to the bridge that crosses the Missouri River between Bismarck and Mandan. They spread out along the sidewalk while officers from local law enforcement agencies and the North Dakota Highway Patrol drove across.
"We ended up forming a convoy across the bridge during the moment of silence," said Sgt. Noah Lindelow with the Bismarck Police Department.
Lindelow said it was meaningful to see residents here come out to support an officer who wasn't from their own community.
"We know, doing this job day to day, this community supports us," he said.
Mandan resident Sheldon Sime was among the participants.
"Cops get such a bad rap, but they're not all bad," he said. "They need to know that the community believes in them."
Grand Forks authorities have charged 41-year-old Grand Forks resident Salamah Pendleton with two counts of murder, as well as with other crimes. They allege that he fatally shot both Holte and Lola Moore and that he shot another police officer who survived.
Holte's funeral was held June 2 in Grand Forks.
Will Kincaid contributed to this report.
Reach Amy R. Sisk at 701-250-8252 or email@example.com.
Be the first to know
Get local news delivered to your inbox!