FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — A vigil for fallen Fayetteville Officer Stephen Carr is happening Tuesday evening.
Bar and restaurant owners on Dickson St. are organizing the memorial to honor Carr, who would patrol the entertainment district.
“I remember Officer Carr always parking close by and then walking by and patrolling,” Matt Faries said. “Checking in with us from time to time.”
Matt Faries is the head bouncer at JJ’s Grill on Dickson St. He says he would see Officer Carr and his partner Natalie Eucce every weekend.
“It’s such a shame to have one less of those kinds of people walking around,” Faries said. “He’s kind of like a Captain America for Fayetteville.”
Amber Hurlbut, the owner of Infusion Karaoke bar, decided to put on the candlelight vigil after learning about Carr’s death Saturday night.
“They protect us 365 days a year and we just want to help lift them up in their time of darkness and their time of need,” Hurlbut said.
The Candlelight Memorial for Carr will be on Dickson Street. Attendees will gather in front of the Walton Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. and begin lighting candles in Carr’s honor.
Dickson Street will be closed between 5:30-6:30 p.m. from the corner of West Street to the corner of School Street.
Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds will speak at 6 p.m.
In addition to the memorial, the community is doing a Light the City Blue Campaign. Lights on the Fayetteville Square and the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium will be blue. Residents are encouraged to display blue lights outside of their homes and businesses.
Anyone planning on attending is encouraged to wear blue in support of the Fayetteville Police Department.