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Police Officer Keona Holley passes away after being removed from life-support

Tribute to Officer Keona Holley
Posted at 6:04 PM, Dec 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-24 15:47:18-05

BALTIMORE — After fighting for her life, the family of slain Baltimore Police Officer Keona Holley and medical staff made the difficult decision to remove her from life support.

“Our prayers are with Officer Holley’s family and loved ones, co-workers and the entire community. I thank her and the entire BPD community for their commitment, service and sacrifice. We mourn Officer Holley’s death together and we will heal together,” said BPD Commissioner Michael Harrison.

Her body was transported by police escort to an area funeral home on Friday.

The department is offering free and confidential counseling services to all BPD employees and Holley’s family.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Keona Holley, a devoted public servant who worked selflessly to protect our community,” said Mayor Brandon Scott. “Baltimore will never forget Officer Holley’s sacrifice and commitment to making a difference in her beloved city. I ask that everyone please keep Officer Holley’s family in your prayers as they endure the holiday season without their mother, daughter, sister and loyal friend.”

Other local lawmakers shared their condolences including Baltimore's State Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Governor Larry Hogan.

"I am heartbroken at the loss of Officer Keona Holley. As a mother, I extend my sincere condolences and prayers to Officer Holley’s four children and her extended family, as well as Commissioner Harrison and Officer Holley's colleagues in the BPD. As the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, I intend to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law, those individuals responsible for this horrific incident. Violence is always unacceptable, especially when the target is those who are committed to protecting this city," said Mosby in a statement.

On Twitter, Governor Hogan urged everyone to keep Holley's family in prayer.

"Our hearts are broken over the devastating loss of one of our true heroes. Please keep Officer Holley’s family in your prayers, as well as her brothers and sisters in @BaltimorePolice, and all those who put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe."

The Signal 13 foundation is providing assistance to the family in their time of need. Those who wish to donate, may do so at signal13foundation.org. You can designate your support by writing “In support of Officer Holley” in the notes box or in the memo field of a written check.

The Baltimore Ravens also pledged their support for the Holley family.

Holley was ambushed and shot last Thursday as she sat in her patrol car on Pennington Avenue.

Police have since charged 31-year-old Elliot Knox and Travon Shaw, 32, with her murder.

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