Officer Kenneth Ely's patrol car was parked in his front yard Sunday and another police car was in his driveway. A neighbor said an officer had been stationed there since the sad news on Saturday.
"And the law enforcement officers have been here all night and I don't know how long they're going to stay but, I guess that's a vigil that they do," neighbor Delano Gorski said.
Officer Ely was coaching his son's 7-year-old Peewee football game at Mims Park Saturday, September 7, when he collapsed on the sideline around 1:30 p.m.
Ely's sister-in-law Aisha Garmon said she left the park about two hours earlier following her own son's game.
She said Ely seemed fine.
"We don't know exactly what caused it. He was fine that morning. He communicated with us at the Park with his son and we got a call to come to the emergency room he was not breathing," Garmon said.
Garmon said Ely was a patrol officer with the 3rd Precinct and had been on the force for several years.
His wife, Garmon's sister, is expecting the couple's second child.
"He was just the kind of person, you couldn't do anything but love. He would never give you any bad vibes about him. Every time you see him, he was always, you would say how you doing? He would say I'm doing good. Him being the man that he was, he was there to take care of his family and he would do everything that he could to make sure that they were taken care of," she said.
Funeral arraignments have not yet been made.
Agency: Mobile Police Department
Cause: Natural causes
EOW: Saturday, September 7, 2013