Family of Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson are struggling with his passing.
"What a man he was, and is," said Randy Johnson, father of Sgt. Derek Johnson.
Monday during a press conference Derek's father Randy spoke openly about the pain of losing his son, and his gratitude for people's overwhelming support.
"We see ribbons on the trees, the flags that have been brought to our yard," said Johnson.
They're part of several growing memorials those in the community feel compelled to stop and visit.
"We have to appreciate him everyday as much as he served for us," said Ashley McMillan, Draper resident.
"An officer laid his life to protect the city, the least we could do is pay our respects," said Jeff Packard, Sandy resident.
Right now investigating police are still trying to piece together what happened. They know Sunday morning he pulled up next to a Volvo parked at an odd angle near 132nd South and Fort Street. Police believe Johnson was shot and killed by a man and woman inside the car, who also received gun shot wounds as well.
"Sgt. Johnson was on routine patrol and was essentially gunned down in the seat of his patrol car," said Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder.
Right now police aren't saying much beyond a few details.
"We are doing everything we can to maintain the integrity of this case," said Chief Bryan Roberts, Draper Police Dept.
Meanwhile Sgt. Johnson's family is learning how to say goodbye.
"We love him as a family, we are going to sorely miss him," said Johnson.
Sgt. Derek Johnson's funeral will be held at South Towne Expo Center Friday at 11:00 a.m. The city tells ABC 4 Utah it's the only place large enough to accommodate the 5,000 -10,000 people expected to attend.