Community members, local law enforcement gather to remember Deputy Kunze

Published: Sep. 18, 2018 at 6:49 PM CDT
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Community members and local law enforcement gathered at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Memorial Tuesday to remember Deputy Robert Kunze, III.

Sheriff Jeff Easter were among some of those who spoke at the vigil.

"There's not enough words that we can say that will heal the pain. This is going to be a tough week for everybody. Tonight, we're talking about some of those things that bring back the pain. I'm sorry we can't take that pain away," said Easter, choked up with emotion.

He thanked Kunze's parents for "raising such a fine young man" and thanked his wife and daughter for "sharing him [Kunze] with us for 12 years."

Kunze's mother thanked those who came and participated in the vigil from other law enforcement officers who prayed, sang, played guitar and read a poem, to the Patriot Guard.

"It's as big a shock as it has been for any of the 'line of duty' that I've gone through personally. I hate to think what it's like for the new deputies who haven't had to deal with this in their career. I would hope that no one would have to deal with this but unfortunately, this is the reality of our profession," said Lin Dehning, a former lieutenant with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

Kunze was shot and killed on Sunday when he responded to a stolen vehicle call in western Sedgwick County. He shot and killed the suspect before he died.

Kunze's funeral will be held at 10 a.m. at Central Community Church, 6100 W. Maple in Wichita.

WATCH LIVE: Community members and local law enforcement remember Deputy Robert Kunze III, at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Memorial in front of Wichita City Hall. #kwch12

Posted by KWCH 12 Eyewitness News on Tuesday, September 18, 2018