Candlelight vigil held for Jason Ellis in Bardstown


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 10:14 AM

BARDSTOWN, Ky. –The Bardstown community came together Thursday night to remind Officer Jason Ellis’ family that they have not been forgotten about the father, husband and co-worker that was shot and killed on his way home nearly five months earlier.

Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin and many other officers attended a candlelight vigil sponsored by several local churches.

 “Every month, it gets more and more frustrating, troubling,” he said. “If this is what it’s going to take, we want it done right. We want it done to where we have the right people in jail.”

Friends and loved ones huddled against the cold at Dean Watts Park in Bardstown, holding candles, remembering Jason and praying for his family.

 “We’ve put this on to kind of bring the community a little closer together and let Amy and Hunter and Parker know that we’ve not forgotten about them and we’ve not forgotten about Jason,” said organizer Laura Snow.

Jason’s murder left more than an emotional burden on his family.

 “I think it takes a little longer to get funding and death benefits are not as quick as it needs to be,” Snow said, “Being a widow and then trying to keep the household going and [Amy]’s currently not working, she was just going to school.”

Amy Ellis’ mother confronted Senator Rand Paul on a recent visit about that very issue. She asked Paul what his plans were to help getting more attention to the tragedy.

 He left two small children, one with special needs and hardly any life insurance.

The group also prayed for justice.

 Chief McCubbin did not comment on where the investigation stands, only that it continues day after day.

“It may appear at times that no one’s doing anything about it, either us or KSP, and I can assure you, I will speak on behalf of what KSP folks are doing and they are non-stop,” he said.

Chief McCubbin also reminded people that they have $185,000 in the bank, ready to hand over to anyone that can give them information that leads to an arrest.