Hundreds hold vigil for elk killed by cop

2013-01-07 22:03
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Boulder - Several hundred people turned out for a vigil in the US for an elk killed by a police officer.

Those honouring the animal on Sunday lit candles, sang and told stories.

The large animal with antlers was wandering the Colorado neighbourhood when it was fatally shot by a Boulder police officer, who has been placed on leave.

An off-duty officer suspected of helping by loading the carcass into a truck is also on leave.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported that organisers of the vigil wanted to give people an opportunity to grieve, celebrate and find closure.

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