The visitation for Department of Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen was held Thursday in Teague. Allen was shot and killed in Freestone county on Thanksgiving day. The Mexia community spent the afternoon honoring the fallen trooper.
Along with Mexia police, and the city government, a group of people met at the Tractor Supply Store. They took as many stakes and ribbons as they could and quickly got to work.
Blue ribbons lined the procession route on Highway 84, around Mexia public schools, and throughout the streets.
“When the family see's these blue ribbons, they'll know that not just the Mexia Police Department, but every agency in the community is there for them,” Mexia Police officer Caleb Tucker said.
A total of 500 ribbons were made Wednesday night at the Mexia Civic Center. There were an additional 500 made on Thursday. Members of the community said this entire situation is causing their heart to ache.“It just hurts all through the community. You want to express your love and this is how Mexia is doing that at this time, putting out all the blue ribbons and show our love,” Mexia resident Tammi Mckamie said. “There's really not much you can do to help the family besides just hug the family and do this to show our appreciation for what he's done in the community.”Trooper Allen’s funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Mexia High School Football Stadium. There is limited parking so shuttles will be provided at both Walmart and the Tractor Supply parking lot starting at 8:30 a.m.
Road closures for the procession are expected to begin around 11 a.m.
Highway 84 will be shut down from Loop 255 to Mexia.Bailey street, Evelyn street and Jack Oliver road will be closed for the funeral.