The City of Lake Elsinore comes together as a community to honor the life and service of fallen Riverside County Sheriff's Office Deputy Darnell Calhoun. Join us for a candlelight vigil in his memory on Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00pm at the Lake Elsinore Sheriff's Station (333 W Limited Ave, Lake Elsinore, 92530). 

LAKE ELSINORE — A candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday to honor slain Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Darnell Calhoun, officials announced. The vigil was scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the sheriff’s department’s Lake Elsinore station, located at 333 W. Limited Ave., and will be open to the community.

“Deputy Calhoun made the ultimate sacrifice while serving and protecting our community,” Lake Elsinore Mayor Natasha Johnson said. “We hope that by coming together as a community, we can show our support for his family and honor his memory.”

Calhoun was shot this past Friday while responding to a call near Lake Elsinore regarding “unknown trouble,” authorities said. He died later at a nearby hospital.

The suspect was identified Saturday as Jesse Navarro, a 42-year-old Lake Elsinore resident. Navarro was shot by one or more deputies and remained hospitalized in critical condition, according to the sheriff’s department.

Calhoun, 30, had joined the department less than a year ago. Sheriff Chad Bianco announced his death Friday during a 9 p.m. news conference outside Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.

A second vigil is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 18 in Murrieta, the city of Murrieta announced. It will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Square Park Amphitheater and “is a way to show our community’s gratitude for Deputy Calhoun’s service and support for his loved ones, including his parents, who are the owners of Murrieta restaurant Calhoun’s Texas Family Barbeque,” the city said.

Help a Hero fundraising page for Calhoun’s family had raised more than $134,000 by noon Sunday. Calhoun was married with two children and a baby on the way.

The shooting came just a couple of weeks after Deputy Isaiah Albert Cordero was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Jurupa Valley on Dec. 29, the first line-of-duty slaying of a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy in 19 years.

JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.