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Pastor at church where Officer Copeland worked security: "He always went above the call"

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One day after a SWAT standoff situation turned into the shooting death of San Marcos Police Officer Kenneth Copeland, the community mourns. This is especially the case at the church where he worked as security.

Copeland ran security at PromiseLand Church in San Marcos for almost three years.

The church's pastor, Robin Steele, says people felt safer with Copeland around.

"He always went above the call," Steele said.

However, Steele says Copeland meant so much more to the community than this.

"He would go out of his way to connect with people on a personal level, and actually act interested in them as people," Steele said.

Steele says Copeland would routinely greet church goers every Sunday, striking up meaningful conversations, in addition to providing everyone with peace of mind.

After following the SWAT standoff Monday, the church's members were crushed to hear Copeland was the officer killed.

Many have called or messaged Steele, to share stories of how Copeland impacted their lives.

"People are just in shock. They're confused, want to learn more information. They're starting to feel the weight of it," Steele said.

Steele says he, as well as other churches, preaches forgiveness, but he understands it may take a while for many to get to that point with Copeland's killer.

"The people that are closest to him, it's going to be very difficult," Steele said.

PromiseLand Church will be holding a vigil for Officer Copeland Thursday night at 6:30 at the Hays County Courthouse to celebrate his life.

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