The Otterbein Police Department joined area police departments in providing assistance to the Westerville Police Department following the deaths of Westerville police officers.

“We have been one of the support agencies offering and providing assistance to WPD,” said Otterbein University Chief of Police Larry Banaszak in an email. “We have met with their chief, command staff and police officers throughout this tragedy and will continue to support them moving forward.” 

In an email to the university, President Kathy Krendl announced that the university will be offering several events in which individuals can pay tribute to the fallen officers. 

African American Student Union members and Otterbein University Student Government (OUSG) are hosting a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. Monday night at the Rock.  


The Otterbein community is invited to sign a banner that will be presented to the Westerville Police Department.  

The City of Westerville will hold a candlelight vigil at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at First Responders Park, 374 W. Main Street.  

Additionally, Officer Morelli’s car is parked in front of City Hall in tribute to both of the officers. Community members are invited to share cards, flowers or other condolences at that memorial.