Big Gift Goes to Family of Boulder's Fallen Officer

Nonprofit is paying off mortgage for Eric Talley's wife and 7 kids
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2021 2:37 AM CDT
Family of Fallen Boulder Officer Will Have House Paid Off
The casket carrying the body of fallen Boulder, Colo., Police Department officer Eric Talley is carried by a Denver Police honor guard to a waiting hearse after a service at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Monday, March 29, 2021, in Denver.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The family of slain Boulder police officer Eric Talley won't need to worry about their mortgage. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, a nonprofit supporting families of fallen first responders and other service members, will pay it off, CNN reports. Talley, 51, left behind a wife and seven children. He was the first officer to arrive at the King Soopers grocery store after the shooting was reported, and was the last of the 10 victims to be killed. Tunnels to Towers, founded in honor of a fallen 9/11 firefighter, also builds mortgage-free smart homes for veterans and first responders who've been catastrophically hurt, and provides surviving military spouses who have young kids with mortgage-free homes.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday morning after a procession, the Denver Post reports. A private funeral mass was held Monday at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver; Colorado Public Radio has photos. Meanwhile, various organizations are raising money for families of the victims; the Loveland Reporter-Herald has a list of places people can donate. And Fox Denver reports the Museum of Boulder will eventually collect and preserve memorial items that have been left outside the supermarket. (More Boulder shooting stories.)

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