WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family, friends, and fellow officers gathered on Thursday night for a Metropolitan Police Officer killed in a motorcycle crash while off duty last week.
Police blocked off the intersection of 12th and H Streets in Northeast D.C., the area where Officer Jamal Shaw patrolled, so family and friends could gather for a moment of silence.
Dozens of bikers and sports cars also flooded the area in support.
The group then moved to the First District Substation, where Officer Shaw was stationed, for a candlelight vigil and balloon release.
"When all these people come together for a 27-year-old man, it shows you his personality, his character," says Officer Shaw's uncle, Tyrone Hunt. "Everybody loved him."
Prince George's County Police say Officer Shaw was traveling westbound in the 9100 block of Piscataway Road when a vehicle made an abrupt lane change. Shaw quickly tried to avoid the car and his motorcycle slid on its side in doing so.
Officer Shaw was struck by another vehicle traveling eastbound. The car that first made the lane change did not stop, according to police.
"It happened to suddenly merge, we don't know why, I can't explain it if I tried," says Jarard Stewart, who was riding alongside Officer Shaw at the time of the crash. "It happened so fast. I started instantly crying, I knew this was going to be a huge tragedy for his family and the community. I stayed there the whole time I never left his side."
While loved focused on remembering Officer Shaw, they also called on the driver to come forward.
"The family wants closure, they want to know it wasn't intentional or anything like that, that it was an accident," says Stewart.
Family members say Officer Shaw's funeral will be held on Saturday, April 21.
Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-731-4422