AMHERST, Ohio-- Almost immediately after learning Trooper Kenneth Velez had passed away, students at his son's high school began planning a tribute to the fallen officer.
The Steele Comets' colors are green and gold, but Friday night, their color was blue-- a sea of blue to show strong support for Velez's 15-year-old son, Christian, as he took the field.
After learning of his father's death, the varsity linebacker tweeted, "Rest In Peace Dad I know you'll always be right there watching over me."
Trooper Velez lived for his three children; two have already graduated from Marion L. Steele High School and Christian is currently a sophomore.
Before Friday's game, there was a moment of silence; then, Christian came onto the field with a flag that had a blue line on it to honor his father.
A seat sat empty in the stands-- it's the spot where Trooper Velez sat every week watching his son.
Trooper Velez, 48, was standing in the berm along the westbound lanes of I-90 while conducting traffic enforcement outside his patrol car on Thursday, the highway patrol said. A 2015 Hyundai swerved towards the berm to avoid hitting another vehicle and struck Velez, who died.