Speedway ceremony honors Concord police officer killed in line of duty

CONCORD, N.C. — It’s been just over seven months since Concord Police Officer Jason Shuping was killed in the line of duty. On Tuesday, he was remembered as part of a statewide End of Watch Ride to Remember.

Shuping served his community as a Concord police officer for about a year-and-a-half before he was killed last December. In that short time, he made a huge impact, and that impact and service will be remembered on Tuesday.

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Shuping was responding to a crash on Dec. 16 when the suspect, accused of a carjacking, shot and killed him. Another officer was also injured.

On Tuesday, a group of motorcycle riders from the state of Washington, escorting a 41-foot trailer with more than 300 faces on it, rolled into Concord Motor Speedway to remember Shuping as part of their mission to honor fallen officers nationwide.

“To know that this has happened throughout this nation, this many times -- the photos represent not just these people as individuals, but it represents families and law enforcement families,” organizer Jargut Shah said.

After retiring from law enforcement in 2017, Shah founded Beyond the Call of Duty. This is the nonprofit’s second Ride to Remember across the country to honor fallen officers nationwide.

“This year we’re going through 46 states -- 44 states that have been affected -- and covering 22,500 miles and 194 police departments for 339 officers,” Shah said. “All of these men and women, regardless of whether it was a violent act, regardless of whether it was COVID, they died because they were out doing their job.”

In May, Shuping was posthumously awarded the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart. Tuesday’s ceremony in his honor was held at 1:30 p.m. in the Fan Zone at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Earlier Tuesday morning, they honored another local police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Officer Tyler Herndon was shot and killed just days before Shuping was gunned down.

The trailer, with photographs of both officers -- and many others -- was in Mount Holly, along with officers from the Mount Holly Police Department.

“I just wish people would stop for a second and realize that all these beautiful men and women have a story of love behind them,” Shah said. “They leave love behind. They don’t get to experience that love any more and their families don’t get to experience that love any more.”

The convoy is traveling through 44 states this year, honoring 339 officers who were lost.

(WATCH BELOW: ‘Ultimate sacrifice’: Concord police honor fallen Officer Shuping with Medal of Valor, Purple Heart)