Candle Light Vigil For Deputy Killed In The Line Of Duty

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A candle light vigil for fallen deputy Jon Michael Willis was held Thursday night- one year after he was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Candles lit downtown Snow Hill as people remembered Greene County Deputy Jon Michael Willis who was shot and killed a year ago when he responded to a domestic violence call. The man who shot Willis turned the gun on himself.

Thursday night, there were many tears from friends and community members who remembered Willis' dedication to his job. Willis' mother, Hope, says she knows many other families have received the same call.

"The night that we got the call it was my worst nightmare, and I know the parents and the wives and the sisters and the brothers they go through it too that have lost theirs," said Hope Willis.

Jon Michael Willis was 31 years old. He leaves behind 2 children. The Willis family set up a fund for fallen officers or severely injured officers and their families.


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  • by Richard Location: Beaufort, South Carolina on Jul 30, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    May God's mercy and presence remain with the family and friends of Jon Michael Willis. Our prayers to law enforcement and other public service personnel everywhere.
  • by Nova Location: SHNC on Jul 29, 2011 at 09:11 AM
    Lord it is my Prayer that you continue to Bless his family and Children. Jon gave his life for the People whom he served for. Yes I am all for Praising the Military, but our LEO do not get the many praises they deserve! Thank You Jon Michael Willis, and Thank You to all Law Enforcement Officers for the job you do, and the sacrafices you and your families face day to day. Thank You!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 at 10:53 PM
    As always, this type of news really saddens me. What saddens me more is the knowledge that there are people, not criminals but regular people, who hate the police. They look at the actions of a relatively small number of rogue officers and use that as an excuse to paint all officers as arrogant, corrupt bullies. Quite a few of these folks post on WITN's site frequently; they know who they are. To those people, I pose this question: Does an officer giving his life in the line of duty make you happy?
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