During a vigil for fallen Brentwood police Officer Steve Arkell was held Tuesday night, hundreds of Brentwood residents and members of surrounding towns gathered, candles in hand, to mourn and celebrate the life of a man who served the community he grew up in.
Among those who spoke was fellow police officer and Arkell’s friend since 1st grade, Lieutenant David Roy.
“’Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.’ And that was Steve and all of you are his friends. Every one of you. Steve has no regrets, I can tell you that.”
Front and center were members of the Exeter girls’ lacrosse team, which Arkell helped coach. Governor Maggie Hassan also spoke at the vigil.
Investigators have completed the autopsy of the body believed to be the alleged shooter, Michael Nolan, but have not declared a cause of death.
Arkell was shot after entering a residence in response to a domestic disturbance between Nolan and his father Monday afternoon. The home ignited and later exploded due to causes yet unknown.