City Park memorial honors slain Denver officer Celena Hollis

Officer shot at City Park in 2012

DENVER, Colo - Officials dedicated a memorial Tuesday in honor of a police officer who was shot to death while trying to break up a disturbance during a crowded concert at a Denver park.

Celena Hollis was shot and killed in City Park on the night of June 24, 2012.

Rollin Oliver is serving a 26-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in Hollis' death. His lawyers have said he was being chased by gang members when he drew his weapon. But the judge said the evidence indicted Oliver had fired indiscriminately into the park crowded with concert-goers. 

Hollis was standing about 50 yards from the gunman when the bullet struck her in the head.

The memorial includes a sign and a bench. On the bench is "Blessed are the Peacemakers, In Memory of Celena C. Hollis."

Hollis' death rocked her fellow police officers and the community.

She was a single mother raising a 12-year-old daughter. She also was president of the Denver Black Police Officers Organization.

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