Newport community remembers Lt. Weatherford with black-and-blue bows across town

Newport honors and remembers Lt. Patrick Weatherford

NEWPORT, Ark. (KTHV) -- The community of Newport is mourning the death of Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford after he was shot and killed Monday night.

Each person we talked to said they remember exactly what they were doing when he was shot and killed.

Kenny Thompson has lived in Newport his whole life. He said the town has lost one of the best public servant's its ever had.

“I was filling up the vehicle with gas and I saw police cars coming this way and I knew it had to be something major,” Thompson said.

Sheridan Chadwell, owner of Purdy's Flower and Gift Shop, said she was closing down the store when she saw multiple police cars heading towards the downtown area.

“This seemed to be a little different," she said. "There seemed to be more determination in the vehicles that were going by and I felt like something had happened.”

“He was kind and considerate and did his job well, I never heard anything bad about him,” Thompson said.

Chadwell said there's one thing she knew about Weatherford and that was that he loved his family. So she wanted his family to know the community was there for them.

“This morning we put out on social media we were making these bows and anyone could come in and purchase them for $5 to cover our cost and we have now sold over 100,” said Chadwell.

These bows can be seen throughout the entire town of Newport on businesses and homes. These bows not only represent the fallen officer but a community coming together to remember one of their own.

“It lets people show their support for Patrick and law enforcement in general, to show them that we're behind them,” said Chadwell.

Visitation for Lieutenant Patrick Weatherford will be on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.. 

His funeral will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Arkansas State University of Newport at the Center for the Arts.

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