Hundreds of residents came out June 19 to honor the memory of Officer Destin Legieza, who was killed in a traffic accident on Franklin Road June 18.

The vigil was held at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood and featured prayer, songs of worship and remarks from city leaders.

“We are gathered here this evening to pay tribute and honor to one who served well, who served with excellence, one who truly epitomized what it means to serve and protect,” Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little said during the event. “We’re here, we’re sad, we’re brokenhearted. Our friend, our colleague, one who served us daily, has passed away. Destin seemed to be one called to be a police officer. He followed in the footsteps of his father and his grandfather. ... It was on duty when he gave the ultimate sacrifice in protecting us early in the morning. My memory of him is always his great smile and he always sought to say hello. I’m sure many of you have many memories. He was an officer who did everything called upon and did it with excellence. We don’t always understand the whys and wherefores, but Destin has run the race, he’s fought the good fight, he’s kept the faith and he’s finished the course.”

Police Chief Jeff Hughes also spoke during the event and announced Legieza will be posthumously awarded the Purple Heart for his service.

“I am honored to serve with the best officers you’ll ever find anywhere, and one of those officers was Destin Legieza,” Hughes said. “As you can imagine, the last 40 or so hours have been extremely difficult on me and the members of our police department as we work to try and make sense of this tragedy and try to go through that process of grieving just as all of us are here tonight. In today’s times, it’s not easy to be a police officer. It’s a tough time for law enforcement overall. But I’ve never been more proud than I am as I stand before you tonight to have known and worked with an officer of the quality of Destin Legieza and that goes true for every member of our police department.”


A memorial has been set up in honor of Legieza to benefit his family. Those interested in donating can do so at any First Horizon Bank location, according to Williamson County Commissioner Tom Tunnicliffe, who helped organize the vigil.

Click through the gallery above to see more photos from the event.