N.S. residents pay tribute to murdered police officer
Published Sunday, September 20, 2015 7:52PM ADT
Friends and family began the process of saying farewell to Catherine Campbell at a visitation in New Glasgow on Sunday.
Tributes continue to pour in for the 36-year-old police officer, whose death has resulted in murder charges.
Debbie MacDonald stopped by the police station to sign a book of condolence.
“I feel I’m part of the community,” she said. “My heart is totally broken, and I just wanted to come down and do a good deed.”
Also signing the book were members of the Knockwood-Singer family. Hannah Knockwood-Singer, 18, says her feelings were best expressed through a portrait of Campbell, which she drew and gave to the Truro police.
“When I heard of her death, I just thought of her family and her police family too, they must feel devastated,” she said.
Campbell’s murder has had a powerful impact on the town where she worked as a police officer for six years.
On Saturday night, hundreds marched with first responders at a rally in Campbell's memory, ending at the makeshift memorial.
“It was really overwhelming,” said Edna Knockwood-Singer, Hannah’s mother. “I had goosebumps and cold chills. It was really nice to see the support of the townspeople.”
Mayor Bill Mills says the town considered Campbellone of their own.
“The way she conducted herself on the job, she related well to our young people and she was the epitome of a role model,” he said.
Hundreds are expected to attend the memorial service held on Mondayin Campbell’s hometown of Stellarton, where she was also a volunteer firefighter.
“We have other police departments in the province stepping up to provide service in town while our officers are over there,” said Mills.
The Nova Scotia Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club rode to Truro to pay their respects to a colleague, and support the police force.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Sarah Ritchie.