Cpl. Heacook and victims honored at vigil
DELMAR, Del. – Just after 5 a.m. on Sunday April 25, the Delmar Police Department was dispatched to the 11000 block of Buckingham Drive in the Yorkshire Estates Community for a report of a fight in progress. Corporal Keith Heacook answered the call, which little did he know, would result in a life altering altercation.
After the tragic incident, the community gathered for a vigil to honor Cpl.l Heacook, who is now in shock trauma with life-threatening injuries, fighting for his life. “I saw an attack on police officers, I saw an attack on humanity by the most vicious of all people that I’ve ever seen in my entire life,” says Doug Marshall, an advocate for police and the community.
Marshall tells 47 ABC that he grew up in Delmar and has always been very close with Cpl. Heacook. He says Sunday morning’s events will forever affect him. “I will not close my eyes anytime soon and not see that police officer on that gurney struggling to breath, covered in blood passing in front of me,” says Marshall.
Hundreds showed their support at the vigil held for the officer, including Corporal Heacook’s son. The vigil also honored two other victims, a husband and wife who were also attacked by the same suspect in their home across the street. Marshall tells us, the community’s support after the incident, as well as the vigil, shows just how much they truly support their law enforcement. “This not only affects that police officer, it affects that entire family, it affects every one of us that saw that today.”
While the community is working to support the family of the officer as well as the other two victims, Marshall says he’s focused on making sure something like this doesn’t happen again. “He should not have been there by himself, and I am going to see to it that things change in this town, that we fund more police officers because we cannot set these guys up for this type of event,” says Marshall.
We are also told that community members are putting together a fund at the Bank of Delmarva to help support Cpl. Heacook’s family. The group is called “The Community for Corporal Keith Heacook at the bank of Delmarva.”
Meanwhile, organizers are working on setting up a go fund me for the other two victims of the attack. The go fund me will help pay for their medical bills, food, and supplies for their dogs, and whatever else the family might need.
Multiple agencies are assisting in the investigation which includes the Delaware Department of Justice, Maryland State Police, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, and the Delmar Police Department.