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Vigil held for slain Wayne State police officer

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DETROIT (AP) -

Collin Rose, a Wayne State University police officer, was shot last week while investigating a rash of car break-ins near campus.

Police said a man with a history of assaulting officers shot Rose in the head. He later died at the hospital.

A vigil was held for Rose on Nov. 29 at the college. Hundreds of people, students and fellow police officers came together to remember Rose's life.

"There's one incident you just cannot prepare for - losing a fellow officer in the line of duty," Wayne State University Police Chief Anthony Holt said.

Rose was shot while approaching a man on a bicycle.

"It definitely hurt a lot of people. It hurt the whole school when it happened," said Luke Bevilacgua, student.

Rose's death his close to home for Tim Vadnais. He is a sophomore at Wayne State and his dad is an officer for the school. His dad was supposed to officiate Rose's wedding next year.

"Reminds me of the seriousness of the job and like I said, just keeps me thankful for him, for his service," Vadnais said.

There were many thanks handed to Rose during the vigil. Holt called Rose the finest K-9 officer in the state. He also posthumously promoted Rose to sergeant and head of the university's canine team.

He told the hundreds of people in attendance that Rose will receive a citation of valor, the highest honor awarded by the department.

"We are forever indebted to Collin for his service and ultimate sacrifice," Holt said.

There will be a public visitation at Ford Field for Rose on Wednesday. He will be laid to rest on Thursday.

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