A portion of Nifong Boulevard was dedicated Friday to Columbia police Officer Molly Bowden on the one-year anniversary of her death.
Community members and law enforcement officials gathered to witness the unveiling of two memorial signs created in her honor, and Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said an additional memorial is now located at the Columbia Police Department.
“For generations to come, people are going to have an opportunity to reflect upon the sacrifice that she made, and make sure that we never forget her,” said Boehm about the signs on Forum Boulevard, where Bowden was shot.
An American flag was flown at half-staff over the boulevard from a firetruck.
Bowden’s husband, Officer Corey Bowden, stood at the front of the group of attendants as the first sign was unveiled.
After a moment, Officer Corey Bowden was hugged by Boehm. The second sign, reading “Officer Molly Bowden Boulevard,” was unveiled afterward.
Plaques were also presented to her family.
Bowden was conducting a traffic stop on Jan. 10, 2005, when the man she had stopped, Richard T. Evans, shot at her. Bowden was able to get behind Evans’ car before Evans followed her, and shot her three times.
Officers later tracked Evans down near his parents’ home on Orleans Court. Evans ran from officers, and shot Officer Curtis Brown in the arm before taking his own life.
In the auditorium of Forum Boulevard Christian Church, officers sat side by side, listening together as speakers recalled Bowden’s service and sacrifice.
“She loved, and was loved,” said Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane. Boehm, Mayor Darwin Hindman and Bowden’s pastor, Michael Burt, were among the morning’s other speakers.