PINETOP, AZ (3 TV / CBS 5) -- People in the small mountain community where White Mountain Apache Police Officer David Kellywood lived mourned his death on Tuesday.
"We're all family, the Apache people," said White Mountain Apache Tribal Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood. "It's a personal tragedy to all of us."
Lee-Gatewood says her son grew up alongside Kellywood, and that she was devastated by the news of his death. Still, she said she was proud to see her community come together in the face of what happened.
"Seeing others come together to help us, that is a reassurance that tells me good people exist," Lee-Gatewood said.
There was evidence of the deadly shooting throughout the reservation and Pinetop-Lakeside. A memorial stood near the spot where Kellywood fell outside the Hon-Dah Resort and Casino. Along the fence of Blue Ridge High School, where Kellywood graduated in 2012, a line of blue ribbon spelled out his name.
"To make them know that we're here for them and to show them that we care," said Maria Cisneros, a Blue Ridge High School Senior.
It seemed nearly everyone either knew the 26-year-old or knew of him. "I met him when I first moved up here. All of the things that people say about him are absolutely true. Just the nicest, kindest, most generous human that you'd be able to meet," said Scott Catt, a teacher at Blue Ridge High School.
Tribal leaders say most officers with the White Mountain Apache Police Department will have to take some kind of time off to reflect on what happened to their friend and fellow officer. Still, they've been grateful that officers from other agencies are stepping in to fill in shifts and patrols.
Meanwhile, the Navajo County Sheriff's Office announced a schedule of funeral services. Officer David Kellyood will lie in state for two days at the Chief Alchesay Activity Center in Whiteriver, beginning at 10 AM Thursday, February 27th. A funeral service will take place on Saturday, February 29th, at 11 AM at the Chief Alchesay Activity Center. Kellywood will then be laid to rest at the Chiefton Cemetery in North Fork.
Kellyood leaves behind a wife and two young children. Anyone wishing to donate to the family may contact the Whiteriver Police Department's Public Information Officer at 480-737-0470.