Arvada Mayor Marc Williams issued a statement June 20 regarding the one-year anniversary of the Olde Town Arvada shooting, which took place June 21, 2021, and claimed the lives of Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley and Good Samaritain Johnny Hurley.
Williams issued the following statement to mark the anniversary:
"June 21, 2021, will forever be etched into the memory of the City of Arvada. On that day, our peaceful community was shocked by the actions of an evil, murderous shooter who caused the loss of two men. The Arvada Police lost a valued and beloved officer, Officer Gordon Beesley. And we also lost a heroic good samaritan, Johnny Hurley, who most likely saved lives that day with his selfless actions.
"In the days after June 21st, we took solace in our community coming together to honor Officer Beesley and Johnny Hurley. The Arvada Police Department and the City team were moved by the outpouring of support from our community. That is the Arvada way - to come together during tough times. As we approach the anniversary of these tragic losses, we know many in our community want to come together to honor these two heroes.
"We invite the community to pay their respects to Officer Beesley by visiting a memorial that is placed in front of the APD entrance at City Hall. This location has the best visibility for our APD team members and will help bolster their spirits as they navigate this challenging time.
"The Arvada community lost two great men last year: Officer Gordon Beesley and Johnny Hurley. We continue to mourn and extend our deepest condolences to their families and friends. They will be remembered forever by the community they brought together. I encourage everyone to take a moment in the coming days to look for the good around you and be kind to one another."