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Otterbein University Offers Scholarships To Daughters Of Slain Westerville Officer

A tribute to two Westerville Police officers killed in February 2018.
Otterbein University
Otterbein University placed blue ribbons around campus to mourn two Westerville Police officers killed on February 10.

Otterbein University in Westerville is offering full four-year scholarships to the children of Eric Joering, one of two Westerville Police officers killed in the line of duty this month.

A representative of Otterbein announced the scholarships to all four of Joering's daughters during a Westerville City Council meeting on Tuesday evening.

"Our community hopes this act of kindness will bring some peace to his children during this difficult time by providing them long-term security and support," the school announcedon Facebook.

Joering and fellow officer Anthony Morelli were fatally shot while responding to a 9-1-1 domestic violence call at a Westerville townhome on February 10. A funeral for the two officers was held last Friday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, with Ohio officials and law enforcement from around the country gathering to pay their respects.

During Tuesday's meeting, the Council also voted to retire Joering's K-9 partner, Sam, to live with his family.

Quentin Smith, 30, is charged with aggravated murder for the deaths of Joering and Morelli. He is being held without bail at the Franklin County Jail, and faces a potential death penalty case.

Gabe Rosenberg joined WOSU in October 2016. As digital news editor, Gabe reports breaking news and edits all content for the WOSU website, as well as manages the station's social media accounts.