Prayer vigils have been planned in Central Texas in honor of DPS Trooper Chad Walker, who was shot near Mexia Friday night and remains in critical condition.
Dozens of people gathered in the grassy area right across from Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest where Trooper Walker is inside fighting for his life.
The organizer says she heard about Walker's incident last night and immediately knew she had to do something to show the family how much they are loved and supported.
“I actually was aware of what was going on last night I didn’t sleep all night and when I don’t sleep I think about things like this," Kisha Leslie, the vigil organizer, said.
Leslie says she is close friends with Walker's cousins and felt she needed to do something to show love and support for the Walker family.
“I decided to go ahead and just do it here so the family could know that we’re here but we’re not so close that were interfering with their space and their healing," Leslie said.
Norris Blount opened the vigil with a prayer, it's something he believes the family needs now more than ever before.
“We are in the process of grieving with the community and with his family because he selfishly put his life on the line to protect us," Norris Blount said.
“We don’t realize the danger that they go through in them for something tragic like this to happen we definitely want to come out and pray for the family pray for him and let them know that even during this tragedy God can make glory out of anything," Blount said.
Many of Walker's cousins and others from the community all showed up to show their support, including officers from Waco and Robinson PD, and even two DPS Troopers.
Leslie told 25 News Walker's wife actually played the live stream for Walker to hear so he knows people are supporting him.
Walker's wife was also able to watch the entire vigil right from the hospital.
According to DPS, Trooper Walker is in critical condition at Baylor Scott & White.
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