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Vigil held for injured officer, three charged in connection

Officer Tim Davis Officer Tim Davis
CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Friends and family gathered Wednesday evening at St. Jude's in Cedar Rapids to hold a vigil for an officer attacked on the job.

Cedar Rapids Officer Tim Davis was assaulted Sunday night as he responded to a report of a robbery. Sources tell KWWL Davis is in a coma at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Hundreds poured into the church for a prayer service, including Davis' fellow officers. St. Jude's is close to the neighborhood where Davis used to live, and one former neighbor said his injuries were shocking.

Dorothy Bush lived across the street from Davis and his family. Last summer when she lost her footing and knocked her motorcycle over, she turned to Davis.

"I just said hey, kind of an embarrasing moment here, can you please come over and help me ride my bike and he ran right over, Officer Davis was a very kind young man, very helpful. We both struggled with this heavy bike. Struggled and got it upright, and I thank him," Bush said.

Tim and his family moved last year, but those who knew him say he was well respected in the neighborhood.

Bush says she didn't know Davis well but one moment was enough to leave an impression. While she hopes for the best in his recovery, she can't help but think about how it all allegedly happened.

"I think it's sad the way kids are nowadays, they just don't seem to have the respect like I did growing up for adults and elders and law enforcement," Bush said.

Davis was responding to a report of a robbery when he was assaulted. Three people have been charged in connection with the incident. Police say 15 year-old Maurice Harden turned himself in Tuesday on charges of robbery and interference with official acts causing serious injury. Police say 17 year-old Jose Rockiett was the one who put Davis in the hospital. And 14 year-old Robert Watkins also faces charges.

Davis' wife is a special education teacher at Harding Middle School. The school had scheduled a dodgeball game involving students and police officers for Wednesday night, but in light of Officer Davis' injuries, the event has been postponed.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department says the outpouring from the community for Officer Davis has been phenomenal. A fund has been set up to help Davis' family through the Cedar Rapids Police Protective Association. Donations can be made at any Collins Credit Union and will be used to help the family with immediate expenses and long-term hospital bills.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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