Boulder last week. The vigil was held on Mapleton Hill on Sunday evening, where neighborhood residents mourned the loss of the majestic animal.
was shot fatally by an on-duty police officer and a second off-duty officer is
suspected of helping to load the animal into a pickup truck, taking it away to
be processed for meat.
The Daily Camera
reports that Nancy Platt, of Boulder, stated of the bull elk:
was a beautiful animal. He was hurting nobody. He didn’t deserve what he
The Boulder cop accused of shooting the elk has been placed on
administrative leave pending an investigation into the matter. The off-duty
officer was also placed on leave.
Jim Riemersma organized the vigil for
the elk killed last week to give his neighborhood the opportunity to grieve for
their beloved animal, celebrate his life and, hopefully, find “a little bit of
closure.” Riemersma stated:
“I know a lot of us have had a lot of
anger, a lot of questions, a lot of uncertainty. Tonight’s a celebration, a
celebration of the elk. We loved him. But I think he loved us, too, because he
returned to this neighborhood.”
notes that several neighbors are outraged at the cops who killed the elk,
Sam Carter and Brent Curnow. They believe that there was no reason to kill the
elk and think that anti-poaching laws should be applied to the case. Resident
Marcus O’Bryon spoke at the elk’s vigil, saying:
“I cried; outraged; I
lost a very dear friend. I know that’s hard for some people to believe, but he
was an incredible, magnificent creature.”
Carter, who delivered the fatal
blow with a single bullet, killed the elk on Tuesday because he felt the animal needed to be
“humanely euthanized” because it was injured. Neither officer reported the
shooting until neighbors began to ask questions.
Carter posed for a photo
with the elk, then Curnow “took the elk in his own vehicle to process the meat
for personal use.” Residents contend that the elk was not injured in the hours
before it was killed.
Do you think it is silly to hold a vigil for the
elk killed by a cop in Boulder, Colorado, or are the residents right to mourn
the loss of the animal?
People of Boulder, Co gather to sing amazing
grace over the killing of the “deceased Elk”.
A candlelight vigil was held Sunday for an elk that was
killed last Tuesday on Mapleton Hill in Boulder. Video by Cliff