‘Everything she did was out of kindness,’ friend says at vigil for LA Sheriff’s detective killed Sunday

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‘Everything she did was out of kindness,’ friend says at vigil for LA Sheriff’s detective killed Sunday

by Eric Licas

Colleagues and friends of a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective who died while performing an act of kindness honored her memory and service at a vigil in Valley Village on Tuesday evening, Jan. 14.


More than 100 people gathered at the corner Whitsett Avenue and Riverside Drive, where a growing collection of candles and flowers had been left in memory of Detective Amber Leist. The 12-year veteran of the department was fatally struck by a car there Sunday shortly after coming to the aid of a woman who had fallen in the street.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective Amber Leist was fatally struck by a vehicle after helping a woman cross a street in Valley Village Sunday, Jan. 12. She was a 12-year veteran of the department who “definitely led by example,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department).

“Everything she did was out of kindness,” Leist’s childhood friend, Jeryn Blakley, 40, said through tears.

She said Leist was “exuberant, confident, joyful, and had a keen sense of wit.” The two were neighbors as children in Lancaster, where Leist began her career in law enforcement.

The Sheriff’s Department posted on social media photos and video of Leist from her career including situations where she was helping people and mentoring children.


More than two dozen deputies from the Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood station, where Leist worked, attended the vigil. Some wept and shared hugs with residents who came to pay their respects.

Also attending were Leist’s mother, Ellen Leist; father Daniel Leist; and her sister, Sumry Lemmenes.

Relatives said they were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support shown by the community. Their support is evidence of the impact Leist had on those around her, Sumry Lemmenes said.

The vigil was organized by Cicla Valley, a mobility advocacy group that monitors fatal traffic collisions in the Valley Village area of Los Angeles and surrounding communities. Part of Whitsett Avenue was closed for the event.


All credit goes to Eric Licas Originally published on https://www.dailynews.com

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