SEASIDE, Ore. -- The moment the lights went out at Broadway Field in Seaside was the moment hundreds of candles lit up the night.
On Sunday night a vigil was held for Sergeant Jason Goodding of the Seaside Police Department, shot and killed in the line of duty Friday.
He was remembered by his friends, family and community.
"Thank you guys very much for coming to remember Jason Goodding, husband, father, police sergeant, coach, friend, son, mentor, role model," said Brian Taylor.
"God please help us through this difficult time," said Taylor.
Loved ones are coping with the loss of someone, so many say was so special.
"He was a community changer," said Donna Lyons.
"I couldn't sleep last night. Every time I'd think about him, I'd start crying," said Carol Meyers.
Meyer said Goodding would often pop in to check on her.
He'd always give me a big hug and a kiss on the cheek and I'm going to miss that lot," Meyers said.
Photos: Officer shot in downtown Seaside
But the healing in the tight-knit community has already started.
On Sunday there was a touching show of support as a police procession escorted Goodding's body back home to Seaside after an autopsy. A memorial outside Pig 'N Pancake, where the shooting took place, continues to grow.
"I think it's pretty amazing that people have showed up and showed their love and support because he deserves it," said April Brown who said she knew Goodding for 10 years.
Over at the Seaside Police Department, a memorial there is growing too. The flag flew at half-staff, a reminder of a life lost too soon.
"Hug your kids, hug your family and friends. Just tell them how much you care about them because you just don't know what tomorrow will bring," said Jon Rahl, the spokesperson for the City of Seaside.
At the vigil, hundreds raised their candles in the darkness. Many were convinced it wasn't goodbye.
"I miss you. We miss you. We will meet again," said Taylor.
Neighboring police departments are also in Seaside helping in whatever way they can.
A memorial service for Goodding is scheduled for this Friday at 1 p.m. at the Seaside Convention Center. It is open to the public.
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