‘It’s OK momma, just be happy’: Colorado deputy’s toddler comforts her tearful mother at vigil

The wife of fallen Douglas County, Colorado deputy Zackari Parrish spoke to a crowd of attendees who came to honor her husband at a candlelight vigil Monday night.

Gracie Parrish spoke at Mission Hills Church in Littleton with her youngest daughter in arms. Parrish was comforted by her four-year-old daughter as she delivered the emotional address.

“It’s OK momma, it’s OK,” the young girl whispered in her grieving mother’s ear, the Daily Mail reported. “Just be happy.”

LITTLETON, CO - JANUARY: Gracie Parrish gets a hug from a friend and officer during a candlelight vigil for her slain husband Douglas County deputy sheriff Zackari Parrish at Mission Hills church on January 1, 2018 in Littleton, Colorado. Parrish, 29, was gunned down in an ambush when deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at Copper Canyon apartment complex. He leaves behind his wife Gracie and their 2 daughters Evie and Caroline. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
(Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

In her remarks, Parrish promised to honor her slain husband.

“I will do everything in my power, Zack Parrish, to honor you,” she said. “And I will raise these girls to love you.”

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LITTLETON, CO - JANUARY: Friends and family of Douglas County deputy sheriff Zackari Parrish hold candles in the air during a candlelight vigil at Mission Hills church on January 1, 2018 in Littleton, Colorado. Parrish, 29, was gunned down in an ambush when deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at Copper Canyon apartment complex. Four other deputies and two civilians were injured in the shootout that left the shooter dead. Services for Parrish will be held Friday. Parrish leaves behind his wife Gracie and their 2 daughters Evie and Caroline. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
(Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Zackari Parrish, 29, was killed on Sunday during a deadly ambush while responding to a verbal disturbance call.

Four other officers and two civilians were shot at the scene before the suspect, Matthew Riehl, was killed by a joint task force unit, WFMY reports. Only Parrish sustained fatal injuries.

Sheriff's deputies remove a spotlight, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, used to help investigators processing evidence at an apartment where Matthew Riehl allegedly fatally shot Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish and wounded six others in the Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Colleen Slevin)
(AP Photo/Colleen Slevin)

Riehl live-streamed the moments leading up to the deadly confrontation on Periscope. The Iraq War veteran called the authorities himself, and was heard telling the deputes “go away, go away! Don’t come in! I’ve warned you. Identify… What’s your name?’ as several shots were fired.

The suspect fired 100 rounds at police. In another Periscope video posted an hour before the shooting began, Riehl complained about his roommate.

“I thought we were lovers … are you kicking me out?” he asked. He went on to say, “I’m sorry, maybe I bought over 1,000 rounds of ammunition at Walmart. It’s not illegal. So if anybody bothers me, that’s why I’ve had a couple scotches.”

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An unidentified woman looks away from a memorial that covers a patrol vehicle parked outside a Douglas County, Colo., Sheriffs Department substation Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. A sheriff's deputy was killed and other deputies were shot while responding to a call at a nearby apartment complex early Sunday. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Riehld called law enforcement twice on Sunday, with the second visit to his residence resulting in tragedy.

The shooter had previously made a video in which he vowed to unseat the local sheriff.

LITTLETON, CO - JANUARY: Photos of slain Douglas County deputy sheriff Zackari Parrish are displayed inside Mission Hills church on January 1, 2018 in Littleton, Colorado. Parrish, 29, was gunned down in an ambush when deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at Copper Canyon apartment complex. Four other deputies and two civilians were injured in the shootout that left the shooter dead. Services for Parrish will be held Friday. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
(Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Authorities are still investigating how the altercation and firing began.

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