Family, Community Honors Slain Officer

By Michelle Wayland and Greg Bledsoe
|  Saturday, Oct 30, 2010  |  Updated 12:36 PM PDT
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Many wore purple, the color of courage and honor.

Many wore purple, the color of courage and honor.

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Family Speaks About Their Loss

Officer Chris Wilson was shot and killed Thursday.
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Purple is the color of courage and honor. On Friday night, many wore purple to remember San Diego police officer Chris Wilson, 50, who was gunned down in the line of duty. 

It has been an incredibly difficult few days for Officer Wilson’s family. But on Friday they chose not to mourn privately, but instead to find comfort in the community.

“He really felt that he made a difference and he was very brave," said Officer Wilson's former wife, Tracy Wilson. "I feel like the least we can do is suck it up and come here and honor him.  He was an extraordinary man, an extraordinary police officer."

Officer Wilson has a son at Scripps Ranch High School and a daughter who graduated from the school. So, even though they were the visiting team Friday night, the school found a way to show how much they support the family at a football game in Del Cerro.

"Tonight, we are all wearing purple in honor of one of San Diego's finest," said the announcer.

The evening was dedicated to a father of two and a family that is suddenly one member short.

"I just can't believe it's for my father," said Conner Wilson, 17.

The stadium held a moment of silence.

 "We are unbelievably overwhelmed at the support," said Tracy Wilson. "At least 12 people came up and hugged me and that was in about 45 seconds."

Wilson was a 17-year veteran of the city police force who was known for teaching rookies to be respectful of others and for his care for the homeless who wandered his district.

"I've noticed how much of a man, and how brave he truly was," said his son. "I'm really proud of him."

There will be a public funeral service for Officer Wilson at The Rock Church in Point Loma on Thursday at 10 a.m.

On Monday, the community will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. at Skyview Park.

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