PHOENIX — Phoenix Police Officer Tyler Moldovan remains on life support in the hospital Thursday after being shot in the line of duty early Tuesday morning.
Family friends said they are hoping a miracle might save his life.
"He was the perfect child," Cornel Avram, pastor at the Happy Valley Romanian Pentecostal Church, said.
"Tyler is an all-American kid,” Claud Olar, a church member, said. “Very well behaved, hard-working. He's the son you want to have.”
Moldovan's father is the church's treasurer. A family and community watched Moldovan grow up, first serving God and then the community.
In March, the 22-year-old became a Phoenix police officer. This May, he became a husband.
However, on Tuesday he would be shot 8 times while checking out reports of cars driving erratically near 15th Avenue and Camelback.
”I saw him on Sunday night and to hear about it Tuesday morning...it was a total shock,” Olar said.
Friday, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association will hold a fundraiser to support the family.
The event will take place at PLEA headquarters from 10 am to 10 pm. All donations will go towards the family.
Links for online donation:
PLEA - you can make a donation here in Moldova's name.
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