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Crime Vigil held for LA sheriff's detective killed after helping pedestrians in Valley Village

16:31  15 january  2020
16:31  15 january  2020 Source:   abc7.com

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VALLEY VILLAGE (CBSLA) — A vigil was held Tuesday night for Los Angeles County Sheriff ’ s Detective Amber Joy Leist who was struck and killed by a vehicle Sunday morning in Valley Village while helping a woman who had fallen in the street. LAPD was directing traffic near the intersection of

VALLEY VILLAGE (CBSLA) – An off-duty Sheriff ’ s Detective was struck and killed by a vehicle in Valley Village after assisting a person cross the street Sunday. Detective Amber Joy Leist, a 12-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’ s department assigned to the West Hollywood Station

Family, friends and colleagues attended a vigil Tuesday night to remember Los Angeles County sheriff's Detective Amber Leist, who was off-duty when she was fatally struck by a vehicle after helping a couple cross a street in Valley Village.

a man wearing a black shirt: Vigil held for off-duty sheriff's detective killed in Valley Village© Provided by ABC 7 Los Angeles Vigil held for off-duty sheriff's detective killed in Valley Village

Leist's sons, parents and other family members were among those who attended the vigil.

"She was a force to be reckoned with... her strength made everyone feel safe and secure," said her sister Sumry Lemmenes.

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An off-duty sheriff ' s detective who was helping an elderly woman cross the street was struck and killed by a vehicle in Valley Village Sunday morning

A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday night for a Los Angeles County sheriff ’ s deputy who was fatally struck by a vehicle in Valley Village after she helped a Detective "Leist leaves behind her parents and two sons, one 20-years-old and the second, 17-years-old," the sheriff said. By City News Service

Leist spent 12 years with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, five of those years at the West Hollywood station. Deputies and other co-workers are devastated by her death.

"It didn't matter who you are because Amber saw the good and the character inside of you," one of her colleagues said at the vigil.

The 41-year-old detective was killed Sunday in a crash. Footage showed when Leist got out of her car to help an elderly woman who had fallen while crossing the street with her husband.

While returning to her car, Leist was struck by a vehicle.

The couple helped by Leist, Leslie and Richard Mehana, attended the vigil and expressed their sorrow to Leist's family.

"My daughter was raised to do exactly what she did," said Daniel Leist.

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore and several LAPD officers attended the gathering, along with community members.

The family said the outpouring of support has given them strength. They say they have received condolences from around the country.

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