SPRINGFIELD, Ore.-- A Springfield road sign memorializing Eugene Police Officer Chris Kilcullen has been vandalized.
Officer Kilcullen was shot and killed during a traffic stop at I-105 and 52nd Street in 2011, leaving behind a wife and two children.
The road sign stood near the intersection in a small memorial. Kilcullen's family members recently found it on the ground.
His widow Kristie Kilcullen wrote in a statement that seeing the fallen sign was difficult, but Officer Kilcullen's legacy still lives on.
"It's unfortunate that someone felt the need to trash something that served as a reminder to what a gentle and loving human Chris was. Especially in this time of so much hatred in our communities, we need more reminders of those gentle, loving Chris' in the world," she wrote.
It is not clear when exactly the sign was knocked to the ground. Other community members have expressed concern that the damage is related to police defunding demonstrations that have taken place in the nearby Thurston neighborhood.
According to Officer Kilcullen's family, the Oregon Department of Transportation now has the sign, but it is not known when it will be put back up.