MOORESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - Thousands of people gathered Wednesday night as the Town of Mooresville held a celebration of life for Officer Jordan Sheldon, who was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in Mooresville this past weekend.
The event happened Wednesday night, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Town Hall Lawn at 413 North Main Street.
An American flag could be seen on display near the location of the celebration of life Wednesday afternoon.
“There’s bad guys everywhere, but there’s even better people here,” Renay Nemeth said.
With hands held and flags flying, a tight-knit town leaned on one another.
“Mooresville is a really tight community. We are united. We always show that our people come first.” Jennifer Carrigan.
Thousands of people gathered to remember and celebrate Officer Sheldon’s life.
“For all of us who can’t really wrap our arms around what happened, we can wrap arms around each other.”
Through tears, an emotional officer wearing Sheldon’s name on his uniform told of the time spent with his friend.
“I had a good opportunity to serve with a man who had a golden heart and the soul of a warrior," the officer said.
Sheldon’s father thanked the community he served. “Thank you Mooresville. Thank you, Jordan loved you.”
Handmade t-shirts and blue-tinted lights were passed out, all to show support for the partners the young officers leaves behind.
“They lost their brother. If we can’t do anything else we can pray for them, and support them by being there.” Karen Keistler said.
Wednesday, a promise was made from this community and from the men and women in uniform to the one they’ve lost.
“Officer Sheldon’s sacrifice will never be forgotten. I promise you that we’ll keep fighting, we have watch, and we love you," an officer said.
Friends say it was Sheldon’s lifelong dream to be a police officer.
Community members gathered in Mooresville Commons Sunday night for a vigil in honor of Officer Sheldon.
Hundreds of flowers, signs and cards piled up around a Mooresville Police car outside of police headquarters, placed there by people who both knew the officer and those who just want to comfort the department.
When asked why they wanted to stop by the memorial, most community members said they not only wanted to pay their respects, but also thank Sheldon for serving their community.
Lake Norman Charter, Coddle Creek Elementary and Mt. Mourne School announced they will have an early release Friday as the procession travels near the campuses during regular dismissal times.
Lake Norman Charter’s high school will dismiss at 11:15 a.m., middle school will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. and elementary school will dismiss at noon. All extra-curricular activities will be cancelled except for the women’s soccer playoff game.
Coddle Creek Elementary will dismiss at 11 a.m. and Mt. Mourne School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m.
Any student in the Iredell-Statesville Schools is allowed an excused absence if they wish to leave early to view the funeral procession.
Sheldon’s body was escorted from the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office to the Hartsell Funeral Home in Concord, North Carolina Tuesday afternoon. The procession traveled on Interstate 85 from Charlotte to Cabarrus County.
According to the Town of Mooresville, funeral services for Officer Sheldon will be held on Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Church in Charlotte, located at 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.
The investigation into what led to Sheldon’s shooting during the traffic stop is still underway.