Candlelight vigil held for fallen Clinton Police Officer

CLINTON, Mo. -- Amazing Grace played on the bagpipes as members of the Clinton community bowed their heads to pray for and remember Officer Ryan Morton, who was killed in the line of duty Tuesday night.

"My heart is shattered," said Tara Morton, Ryan Morton's mother. "That's one of the first things and only things I put on social media because that's how I feel. That's how our family is feeling. But, it's not just our family, it's your community and the Clinton PD."

It's the second candlelight vigil for a fallen officer in Clinton in seven months. This time, it was organized by the sheriff's daughter.

"Certainly, it's very tough for all of us in this community to have to go through this a second time," said Henry County Sheriff Kent Oberkrom. "When it happened back in August, we said to each other, 'this doesnt happen in Clinton, Missouri. This doesn't happen in rural America.' But, now here it is yet a second time and even more confusing as to why."

The sheriff says the community has seen a lot of support from neighboring communities' law enforcement which has helped immensly.

"Just that outpouring. I wasn't in town when this happened. I was on the way back from the airport. My phone was lighting up with sheriffs all over the countryside calling asking 'how many folks do you need and how long do they need to stay?' I mean, it was just, the outpouring from sheriffs and chiefs across the state is just huge."

Officicer Morton's mom Tara had some parting thoughts for the greiving community and police department.

"May the moments that you shared with Ryan continue to bless you and help you to heal and remember the love that you guys shared."

Morton's funeral will begin at 11:00 at the Benson Center. A procession will then head to Knob Noster Cemetery, where Officer Morton will be laid to rest.

KY3/KSPR will have team coverage of the funeral throughout the day Monday.