Westerville Police thank public for support in wake of officers' killings

Chief Joe Morbitzer (WBNS-10TV)

Westerville Police thanked the community for its tremendous outpouring of support in the wake of the killings of two police officers.

Officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering were shot to death Saturday while responding to a 911 hang-up at a home with a history of domestic violence.

On Tuesday, people continued to stop by a memorial in front of the Westerville Police Department. Some brought flowers, others said prayers, some and shook the hands of officers and thanked them for their service.

Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer choked back tears, talking about what's sustaining him and his officers through this time of grief.

"The citizens," he said, pausing to compose himself. "And each other."

"I think that's most important," said Lieutenant Tracey Myers. "We've been doing lots of hugs and just looking at each other and saying, I love you guys."

Morbitzer says others across the country have reached out to help, including the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Yankees.

You can pay your respects to Officers Morelli and Joering on Friday. Public visitation begins at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church on North State Street in Westerville.

A joint funeral will follow at 1 p.m.