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Boulder residents hold vigil for dead elk

5:19 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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Those honoring the dead elk on Sunday lit candles, sang and told stories. 

The elk was fatally shot by a Boulder police officer, who has been placed on leave. 9NEWS first reported about this on Jan. 3 and released jarring photos of the death.

PHOTO GALLERY: 'Big Boy' elk killed by Boulder police officer (Warning: Graphic)

An off-duty officer suspected of assisting in loading the animal's body into a pickup truck is also on leave. 

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, organizers wanted to give people an opportunity to grieve, celebrate and find closure. 

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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