HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) — A prayer vigil was held Thursday in memory of Hollywood police officer Yandy Chirino, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Sunday, October 17.
That vigil took place at Mara Berman Giulianti Park on North Hills Drive.READ MORE: 23rd Annual 'A Home For The Holidays At The Grove' Comes To CBS On Sunday, December 5th
CBS4 News cameras captured hundreds of people at the vigil.
Mayor Josh Levy called Officer Chirino “the true definition of a hero.”
“Now this space, due to the sacrifice and the unity of our community coming together in the aftermath of the tragedy, has now become sacred space,” said Rabbi Yosef Weinstock of Young Israel of Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale.
The local synagogue has raised more than $22,000 for the fallen officer’s family.
Hollywood Police Chief Chris O’Brien found solace in the community turnout.
“There’s a void there. Everybody that’s here today has a void in their heart, but it’s communities coming together like this that allow us the opportunity to manage the pain that we’re feeling.”
Chirino’s funeral will take place November 1 at the FLA Live Arena, formerly known as the BB&T Center in Sunrise.READ MORE: Sharp Increase In Hospitalized Children With Covid Investigated In South Africa
The president of the police union told CBS4 news the delay is due to the number of people want to attend and pay their respects to officer Chirino.
Officer Chirino, 28, was shot and killed on the 4000 block of North Hills Drive as the police department said he was checking out a report of a ‘suspicious incident’. Neighbors had initially called 911 after noticing someone trying to break into cars.
Chirino was rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital where he died.
At the time of the shooting, Banegas was on probation after being released from jail in Miami-Dade County a month earlier on burglary and drug charges. Now he remains in jail without bond.
Officer Chirino graduated from Coral Park Senior High in Miami. He went on to graduate from Florida International University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He had been with the Hollywood police department since 2017. He received five supervisor’s commendations and was selected as the Officer of the Month for June of 2020.MORE NEWS: Florida Panthers Find Ways To Rally Again, Top Blues 4-3 In Shootout
Officer Chirino is survived by his mom, dad, sister, 2 nephews, girlfriend, friends, and all of his brothers and sisters at the Hollywood Police Department, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help his family.