VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) - It's an act of kindness.
A Virginia Beach couple have been driving past a memorial off Oceana Boulevard for years and noticed lately it was in need of a touch up. On Tuesday morning, they spent some time fixing it up.
The memorial is for Norfolk Police Officer Victor Decker. In 2010, Decker was at a fundraiser when he was gunned down while walking back to his truck.
“I did not know the gentleman, but he was a human being. He was a police officer, he was a brother, and a father," explained community member Jerome Olson.
Seven years later, the cross still stands but not in the best shape. Olson said it looked weathered and tattered, so he and his wife decided to take matters into their own hands.
"She came home with some paint, and spur of the moment thing. We got up this morning and it wasn't raining and she said let’s do it," explained Olson.
He said the act of kindness is something everyone should try and do.
"I want people to know, and the police in our area to know, that we are behind you. There are people that respect you and we appreciate what you do."
13News Now did reach out to the Decker Family. They told us they are very appreciative of what the community did, and say its heartwarming that Victor Decker isn’t forgotten in the area.
Two men were arrested in Decker's murder, but in 2014 prosecutors dropped charges against Raymond Perry and Kareem Turner because one of the witnesses apparently lied.
The Commonwealth's Attorney said he did not have evidence to try them. Both men are currently in jail for unrelated crimes.