Hundreds of friends, relatives and members of the community gathered to honor fallen Riverside police Officer Ryan P. Bonaminio at a candlelight vigil in downtown Riverside.
The “In the Spirit of Ryan” vigil was dominated by tears and stories by friends and relatives who are recalling the 27-year-old officer who was shot and killed Sunday night. Hundreds gathered in the cool evening at the Safe in His Arms Memorial in front of the police department’s Orange Street Station.
Many held candles and wiped away tears as they listen to speakers recalling the Ramona High School graduate and Iraq War veteran. There were songs performed by David Smith of the Park Avenue Baptist Church. Among those attending were the family of Detective Doug Jacobs, a Riverside officer gunned down years ago.
The officer was gunned down, possibly with his own sidearm, during a struggle with a suspected truck thief Sunday night in Fairmount Park. On Tuesday night, police arrested Earl Ellis Green, 44, of Rubidoux, in connection with the fatal shooting.