UPDATE:FOX LAKE, IL (WKOW)-- The Fox Lake community is in a state of mourning, after the murder of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, a 32-year veteran of the police force.
Gliniewicz was shot and killed Tuesday morning as he pursued three suspects. Investigators working to track down the killers.
As the investigation continues, those who live in Fox Lake and surrounding communities are coming together to remember the officer and support his family.
Hundreds of people filled Lakefront Park Tuesday evening. Officers from several local departments showed up and lined the street as the family of the fallen officer arrived. The mayor and several other people spoke.
Melodie Gliniewicz, the wife of Lt. Gliniewicz, spoke briefly to thank everyone for their support and prayers.
“Joe was my best friend, my world, my hero, the love of my life for the last 26.5 years,” she said. “He was my rock as much as I was his rock. Every night he came home to me. He was the most loving and caring father to our boys. And my world got a little bit smaller with his passing.”
Lt. Gliniewicz also leaves behind four sons.
After the Lakefront vigil, hundreds showed up at the Fox Lake Police Department for a second, candlelight vigil.
There is a growing memorial of flowers, candles and notes for the officer outside the department.
Lt. Gliniewicz also led the explorers program in the county which teaches young people about law enforcement. Many of the teens and parents involved in that program came out to the vigils to pay their respects.
“Just being able to talk to him and him being to help with any situations that I had,” said Ashley Magnuss, 16-year-old who says Gliniewicz was her mentor. “He was strong and brave, he was happy.”
Valerie DePaul says Lt. Gliniewicz was well known to many in the community, as someone who would help anyone and everyone.
“He was there, he listened to us. He listened to my kids,” DePaul said. “If there was any situations that we had for family issues, he sat them down, he talked ot them, he listened to them.”
FOX LANE, Ill. (WKOW) -- Wednesday morning, a small memorial is growing outside the Fox Lake Police Department in honor of Lt. Charles Joseph Gliniewicz.
The 52-year-old was killed Tuesday morning in a small community about 55-miles north of Chicago.
Gliniewicz was a father of four, married for 26 years. He was a 32-year veteran of the force, scheduled to retire at the end of the month.
Friends knew Gliniewicz as "G.I. Joe." On the memorial outside the police department they call him "a real American hero" who will be "missed forever."
Devan Arbay was mentored by Lt. Gliniewicz while in police training. "It actually makes me want to become a police officer more, now, because of this," says Arbay. "What happened is unbelievable. I didn't think it was going to be him when I turned on the news. I figured it would be him apprehending the suspect, not the other way around. When I heard it, I was devastated. My school was in a lockdown. I immediately burst into tears. I couldn't believe what I was being told."
The Fox Lake community will continue to grieve for Lt. Gliniewicz Wednesday. There is a vigil scheduled in his honor at 6:00 p.m. at Lakefront Park in Fox Lake.