Blue lights show support for police, unity after Westerville officer deaths

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio - Since the deaths of Westerville police officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering, many people have placed blue lights outside their homes to show support for police and unity.

One of those people is Marie Winbush. Her lights were supposed to be red for Valentine's Day. But now the 480 bulbs are blue.

“It hurts all of us because first of all those policemen have a job to do,” she said. “They’re out here to serve the community. They do a good job in this neighborhood.”

The lights are meant to inspire a community and its officers. They’re meant to spread the idea that “we are one.”

“It really is because people ought to know by now there’s too much going on,” she said. “It needs to stop."

Her community is hurting but she also gets that healing comes from the hurt.

She says now is the time to heal.

“Quit having so much anger and hate,” she said. “Learn to love and get along.”