Westerville community has "blue out" during basketball game for fallen officers


Westerville police officers made their way to Westerville South High School Friday night, where the community supported them once more.

Two rivals, one Westerville.

"This is a chance for our community to come together, not only the kids but the community as a whole," Jill Beck said.

You could see most of the crowd at the Westerville South basketball game wore the same color, blue.

"It's just a great feeling to see everybody in their blue, from the players to the coaches, to us," Jasmen Smoot said.

There's a reason behind it.

"Westerville is a great community and we value the people who take care of us so for us all to have on blue shows how much of a family we are," Jada Smoot said.

In between the Westerville South and Westerville Central girls and boys games, a special tribute was planned for the men and women in blue, who've had a tough week.

"To first honor these fallen police officers and their families but to help students with the healing process and help the community with the healing process," Westerville South High School Principal Mike Starner said.

It's community support that keeps showing up.

"It's phenomenal. This community is phenomenal," Beck said.

Neighbors say that support won't stop.

"It's a great thing, a great feeling. Everybody came together as one whole," Jada Smoot said.

Not even during a rival game, because this community says it best.

"Band together as Westerville strong as the hashtag says and begin to move forward," Starner said.

Money raised from donations and t-shirt sales will go to the families of Officer Joering and Officer Morelli.