Crawfordsville community wants justice for Glenn Rightsell

On Sunday, Dec. 30, candles were lit, a song was sung and words of remembrance were shared at the vigil for the 57-year-old Crawfordsville native, held at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Posted: Dec 31, 2018 12:04 AM
Updated: Dec 31, 2018 2:22 PM

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The community of Crawfordsville came together to mourn the loss of Glenn Rightsell.

He was fatally shot on Friday, Dec. 28 by an Indiana State Police trooper.

On Sunday, Dec. 30, candles were lit, a song was sung and words of remembrance were shared at the vigil for the 57-year-old Crawfordsville native, held at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Friends took turns sharing kind words about Rightsell, giving vigil attendees an idea of who he was.

Jeff Jirtle, a friend of Rightsell since childhood held back tears as he expressed the sadness he's felt from the losing his friend.

“To be his friend and his brother all these years, you just don't know what it feels like. My hearts broken cause my brothers gone,” said Jirtle.

While the shooting incident is currently under investigation, friends and family said Rightsell would never do anything to hurt anyone.

JP Shirley, a friend of Rightsell for more than 15 years said he wants justice for Rightsell to prevail.

“I want the world to know how sweet and kind of a gentleman he was. He'd give his life and soul to anybody that was in need,” said Shirley. “If a man's asked to unholster a weapon and he goes to unholster it and gets shot, there's something wrong there. Period. I just want, I want peace for Glenn, I want justice for Glenn.”

Indiana State Police said in a press release that they administered first aid to Rightsell on the scene. But friends and family who saw a video of what happened after the shots were fired said that didn't happen, ultimately leading to his death.

Kristl Kohl, a family friend of Rightsell believes the video taken by a neighbor moments after the shooting tells a lot about the encounter.

“I watched that video, he laid on the ground for almost three minutes,” said Kohl. “He was handing that gun over, they seen it, I mean it's all over the news they seen that gun on his waist, he had a permit.”

Rightsell's death has risen concerns for many in the community. With the community standing together to support a family experiencing loss at the hands of an officer Abigail Hamphton, a Crawfordsville native hopes it sends a message to police.

“I think this is a community thing even though it’s sad but maybe this could lead into something bigger maybe for other people and other things happening and maybe this could show our higher power, maybe you know hey we're not gonna stand for it and we're upset and this needs to change.” said Hamphton

The vigil was put on by close family friends. Relatives of Rightsell do not wish to speak with WLFI at this time.

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