FOREST ACRES, SC (WIS) - Less than 24 hours after she was informed of her husband's death in the line of duty, the wife of fallen Officer Greg Alia shared her inner most thoughts after what can only be imagined as a long, long day for her family.
Kassy Alia wrote a post on her own Facebook page describing her husband's kindness and love.
"My husband was kind. He was warm. He was hilarious. He was patient. He was forgiving. He was loyal. He was just. He was honest. He was anything and everything you could hope to find in one single person," Alia wrote. "He was my everything."
Officer Alia, 32, was shot and killed inside Richland Mall on Thursday following a suspicious person call shortly before 9 a.m.
The suspect in this case, Jarvis Hall, 34, was charged with Officer Alia's murder later that day.
Kassy could not find the words to describe the moment she learned of her husband's death. She said she received a text from a friend asking if Officer Alia was at work and then moments later she got a knock on the door and it was the sheriff and police chief informing her of the news.
"How is this not a reminder of all of the wonderful that comes in this world? I could be focused on the bad, I could be focused on the man who shot him, I don't even know his name and I don't care," Alia said. "What I care about is what I surround myself with is the people who have shown us love, people who come together, the people who show faith and humanity and all the good that exist. I'm glad that my husband tragedy has led to such an outpour of love."
"He was so good, he was the best, when you think about him he was so good, he was the best. He was kind, he was understanding, he was passionate," Alia said.
Now having to prepare for her husband's funeral, Alia has two requests for everyone mourning her loss: sharing any memories of her husband with her and her 6-month-old son, Sal, and sharing stories of officers doing good work.
"My husband was a hero. Other cops are too," Alia said. "What about if we got a hashtag #herosinblue going?"
Alia also gave thanks to those who have given more than $100,000 to her family through a GoFundMe fundraising page.
Officer Alia's funeral is set for 11 a.m. on Saturday at St. Joseph's in Columbia.