SAN MARCOS, Texas — Editor's note: The above video is related to a story KVUE did on Officer Copeland shortly after his death.
On Wednesday afternoon, San Marcos police held a memorial service in honor of fallen officer Kenneth Copeland on the second anniversary of his death.
Copeland was killed on Dec. 4, 2017, at the age of 58, after he was shot several times while serving a domestic violence warrant. The fallen officer was the first San Marcos police officer to be killed in the line of duty.
Copeland was honored for his service alongside 44 other firefighters, peace officers and emergency first responders for their courage while serving at Gov. Greg Abbot's Star of Texas Awards in 2018.
A memorial was held last year in remembrance for Copeland and his service at the Hays County Government Center, and this year's memorial was held in front of the San Marcos Police Station at 2300 South Interstate Highway 35.
The memorial started just after 2:45 p.m. and was open to the public, according to the City of San Marcos.
At the memorial, Pastor Jeff Latham, a volunteer chaplain for San Marcos PD, said some words about Copeland before leading the crowd in prayer and song, performing "Amazing Grace" on the guitar.
Latham made several references to Copeland always having a smile on his face and joked about the officer's "always shiny" bald head. He said Copeland's great joy is missed by the department and the rest of Hays County's first responders.
"We pray for continued healing and recovery in our police department and our first responders," Latham said. "Ken would lead the charge with a smile on his face and would offer any stranger a Topo Chico."
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