DENVER - More than 400 runners and walkers participated in a 5K run Sunday at City Park in memory of Denver Police Officer Celena Hollis, who was shot and killed in 2012.
The End of Watch 5K Run/Walk was sponsored Police Black Organization, Potts Trotters, Molly Lu Castleberry, Daryl & Kerstin Meyers and BKB, Limited.
According to the Denver Post, the turnout was the largest that the group Potts Trotters, which organized the race, had ever had at a race in 15 years.
Dorothy Hollis, Celena's mother, told the newspaper that she wasn’t surprised to see the large turnout.
"She was wonderful," Dorothy Hollis told the newspaper. "She loved to laugh. She loved to dance."
Celena Hollis, a single mother of a 12-year-old daughter, was shot and killed while trying to break up a fight during a free jazz festival in City Park in June 2012.
Hollis participated in volunteer work that focused on mentoring high-school girls and promoting self-worth, dignity and positive values.
"One thing I've always said about this community is it has a great regard for law enforcement, and it's events like this that just reinforce how this community feels about our police department," Denver Police Chief Robert White told the newspaper.
Proceeds from the race will go to the Denver Black Police Organization's "Officer Celena Hollis Scholarship Fund" and a memorial bench that will be placed at Denver Police District Two station.