ELMENDORF, Texas – Family, friends and community members gathered Thursday night to celebrate the life of Elmendorf Police Chief Michael Pimentel.
"I have my moments where it hits me and it seems real and sometimes it still seems like a real bad dream that I can't wake up from," said Elmendorf police Officer Alice Estrada.
Candles were lit, tributes payed and memories shared.
"He was a pillar of the community. He was very friendly, he cared about the community. He spoke to everyone, he was a people person he wasn't just a police officer and a protector," said Estrada.
Estrada knew Pimentel for 14 years. Walking into the office after his death was too much to handle.
"I truly miss hearing his voice telling me we need to do this or we need to that, 'Come on Estrada, let's hit the road,'" Estrada said.
The 64-year-old law enforcement veteran died at University Hospital almost two weeks ago after being shot by a man he had stopped while on duty.
"We lost our poppa sort of speak and we are having to lean on each other to get through this," said Estrada.
A necklace in the shape of Pimentel badge was given to the family.
The city is also taking donations, which are being given to the 100 Club in the chief's name.
The 100 Club supports the families of first responders when tragedy strikes.