A candlelight vigil is set for 5:30 p.m. Sunday on Mountain View Road in memory -- and to celebrate the life -- of the bull elk that was killed late Tuesday night on Mapleton Hill in Boulder.

Many members of the public have been moved by the violent demise of the large elk that was fatally shot by an on-duty Boulder police officer, who has since been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the results of an internal investigation. A second off-duty officer, suspected of assisting in loading the animal's body into a pickup truck and taking it away to be processed for meat, was also placed on leave.

The elk had been spotted for several weeks on Mapleton Hill between 9th and 11th streets, and residents of the area gave conflicting reports as to whether it had behaved aggressively toward humans.

Numerous people living in the neighborhood insisted that it had not, that it appeared to be healthy, and said that they considered it their "guardian."

All are welcome and the event is open to the public.