Friends, family, coworkers and community members are mourning after the death of Brentwood Police Officer Steve Arkell as hundreds of people gathered to honor his memory Tuesday night.
Arkell, who was killed Monday afternoon responding to a domestic disturbance, was a 15-year veteran on the police force, a father of two teens and a coach for his daughters’ high school lacrosse team.
"He basically was a guy who wanted to be a part of everything. He was so passionate about everything he did. Whether it was lacrosse, being a police officer, being a dad, being an animal control officer, being a carpenter, being a painter. He just wanted everyone to succeed. He was just a really great guy," Kelly Moran, one of the players, said.
Arkell graduated from Exeter High School, his daughters now attend the same school and play on the lacrosse team and he coached.
“I really do believe that something like this really brings out the best in people. It's a shock, it's a sucker punch at the beginning, but I think it is going to bring out the best in us and not the worst. It is a great reminder there are good and decent people in the world; amazing people like Steve Arkell and you know, a million to one there are decent people,” Exeter High School Principal Sean Kiley said.
At the vigil people from all parts of Arkell's life spoke about him.
"Steve was an absolute wonderful guy, I worked with him on a daily basis in construction. Everything that everyone was saying was exactly what he was like. He was the nicest guy in the world and that's how he'll be remembered. He would help anybody in a second," a construction worker said.