On Wednesday night outside the 18th’s District Headquarters, a vigil for Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer was held, gathering together neighbors, cops and city residents.

According to a NBC5 report, emotions continued to run high but those who were in attendance were thankful for how Bauer empowered them to stand with their neighborhoods’ police officers in combating crime through CAPS and court advocacy programs.

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“Paul Bauer was a guardian angel for people here,” said Mike Riordan, of the River North Neighborhoods Residents Association.

At the vigil, flowers, candles and prayers were offered.

A young northwest Indiana man stood alone came in the Cmdr’s honor, tying blue ribbons.

“I saw the unfortunate news and just wanted to do something…” said aspiring police officer, Joseph Osiecki, to NBC 5.

Ald. Hopkins was waiting for him at City Hall when he heard the call of shots fired.

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“He was never not a cop,” Hopkins said to the news outlet.

To watch the full coverage of the vigil, scroll on below – courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Vigil for slain Chicago police Cmdr. Paul Bauer at 18th District HQ YouTube Chicago Sun-Times Screenshot