Police officers, students, faculty and community members gathered in front of the flag poles in Gullen Mall on Nov. 29 to commemorate the life of Officer Collin Rose who was the first Wayne State Police Department officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty.
On Nov. 22, students and faculty received the news that Officer Rose had been shot in the head off campus but on duty. According to reports, 31-year-old suspect Deangelo Davis was arrested three hours after the shooting and was charged with first-degree murder.
The next evening, it was announced that Officer Rose died from his injuries.
Wayne State Police Chief Anthony Holt spoke on Officer Rose’s exemplary work and announced that he was awarding Rose a Citation of Valor, the highest award possible to be given in the WSUPD. Only three officers have been given the Citation of Valor in WSUPD history. Holt also posthumously promoted Officer Rose to sergeant and head of the WSU Canine Unit.
“What validates everything that we do, and everything that Officer Rose [did], is to see the support from the university students and community,” said Holt. “To see the students out here says ‘we appreciate everything you do’ and it validates us, which means we need to keep doing what we [are] doing.”
Before beginning the moment of silence at 6:30 p.m., President M. Roy Wilson announced Rose would receive a posthumous master’s degree in dispute resolution at the commencement ceremony in December, and there would be an endowed $25,000 scholarship in his name.
Vice President of Black Student Union and junior Sydney Mathews was one of several students who volunteered to help with the evening’s activities.
“It is our responsibility to come out to [this] event and participate and show our support, especially as a Wayne State student,” said Mathews.
Steve Kahn, director of the Center for Excellence and Equity in Mathematics (CEEM) and director of Math Corps, said it “was impossible to not be in attendance”.
“It tears our hearts apart, you see that tonight, and you will see that in the days following”, said Kahn. “I think he was a hero.”
Go Team Therapy dogs will be on campus tomorrow at 4:45 p.m. at the Law School Building to offer comfort for grieving students and faculty.
“You’re not alone on campus,” said Mathews. “If you need anything and do not have a friend that you can go to, there are services like CAPS [Counseling and Psychological Services]. There are lots of organizations that can provide help and comfort if it’s needed.”
For more information on the visitation, funeral and donations in Officer Rose's memory please visit The South End.