Vigil Held For Police Officer Killed at Columbia Mall

A vigil was held for Greg Alia at the Phi Sigma Kappa house at USC Thursday night.

Alia was a member of the fraternity when he attended USC.

The Forest Acres police officer was shot and killed Wednesday morning at Richland Mall near Columbia.

After receiving a call about a suspicious person at the mall, Officer Alia attempted locate the suspicious person.

Officer Alia was shot during a scuffle and succumbed to his injuries.

Read More: Suspect Identified In Columbia Mall Shooting That Killed Officer

A seven-year veteran of the force, Alia was married with a 6-month-old baby.

READ: Department Mourns Loss Of Officer After Shooting

“[Alia was] a local kid, grew up here. As a matter of fact, this was his neighborhood as well, and it’s just so sad something like this had to take his like, and so early,” said Lt. Curtis Wilson of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

A GoFundMe page for Officer Alia has brought in thousands of dollars of donations in the hours after the shooting.

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