Arkansas officer killed in the line of duty celebrated and laid to rest

WATCH: Helena-West Helena police officer killed on duty is celebrated by family at his funeral

Helena-West Helena, Ark. — Family, friends, law enforcement and faith leaders gathered Saturday to celebrate the life of Helena-West Helena police officer Travis Wallace.

“We really lost a great one today,” Wallace’s great uncle George Scott says. “Heart touching. Very heart touching. But we just got to live on.”

The 41-year old was shot last Thursday while trying to stop a suspect from getting away.

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Scott says the crowd gathered inside the Central High football stadium shows how much his nephew meant to so many people.

“Very respectful and he was loved in this community,” he says. “Especially by his family.”

Sylvia Savage, the wife of Wallace’s cousin says Wallace had a good reputation in the community.

“I knew he was a good police officer and he was well known to the neighborhood,” Savage says.

Those who spoke during the service and after shed light on the positive presence Wallace had.

“One of my memories of him was when he came down and he came to my house,” Savage says. “He hugged my husband so tight my husband almost lost his breathe. But he’s a good young man and we’re going to miss him.”

Scott spoke about this positive energy as well.

“He was someone that you loved to be around,” he says. “Full of laughter. Loved to always make you laugh and that’s him.”

Scott says even during this tough time for the Helena-West Helena community, Wallace would want everyone to celebrate and enjoy life.

“I just looked at his casket and I smiled,” he says. “I said, ‘Young man you always want to make everybody laugh. Not for all of us just to be in a lot of tears. But have laughter in our heart.’”

Officer Wallace leaves behind a 9-year-old son, Travis Jr.