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Kalispell candlelight vigil honors slain Montana deputy

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More than 100 people gathered to honor the life of a man who many never met, but consider a hero. (MTN News photo) More than 100 people gathered to honor the life of a man who many never met, but consider a hero. (MTN News photo)
Broadwater Co. Sheriff's deputy Mason Moore was shot and killed on May 16, 2017 near Three Forks. (MTN News photo) Broadwater Co. Sheriff's deputy Mason Moore was shot and killed on May 16, 2017 near Three Forks. (MTN News photo)
KALISPELL -

Many people across Montana are still grieving over the loss of Broadwater County Sheriff's Office deputy Mason Moore who was shot to death early Tuesday while making a routine traffic stop near Three Forks.

More than 100 people gathered in Kalispell on Wednesday evening to honor the life of a man who many never met, but consider a hero.

Flathead County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Randy Olson led the service and candles were lit as a crowd gathered to honor and pray for Moore, his family, and the community.

Montana Highway Patrol Captain Duane Bowers says coming together to comfort each other is how they're dealing with this tragedy.

"These events, even though it's a tragic event it does bring many people together like you're seeing here tonight and it does offer the encouragement and support that people and families need right now at this time of very severe loss," Bowers said.

One of the suspects in the fatal shooting of Moore, Marshall Barrus, 38, died at a Missoula hospital on Wednesday after being shot in the head during a shootout with law enforcement on Interstate 90 near Rock Creek.

Marshall Barrus' father, 61-year-old Lloyd Montier Barrus, has been charged with two counts of accountability for attempted deliberate homicide and 14 counts of attempted deliberate homicide. A Missoula judge set his bail at $2 million.

Montana Highway Patrol officials say a funeral and procession are being planned for Moore on Tuesday. The exact details and a location have yet to be released.

An account has been set up online to help Moore's family. Click here if you'd like to donate.

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