A memorial event dedicated to a woman shot to death by West Valley City police detectives last month has been scheduled for this weekend, and while the vigil's organizers expect to honor the memory of Danielle Willard, the gathering also will double as a protest against the agency that shot her.
Little is known about what happened on the afternoon of Nov. 2, when Willard was shot in the course of a drug investigation in the area of the Lexington Park Apartments. But the memorial's organizers are perturbed by the fact that the unarmed 21-year-old was shot in her car and that officials investigating the shooting have released little information to indicate why Willard's life was taken that day.
According to West Valley City police, Willard was shot twice in the head by two plainclothes detectives. One of the detectives also was injured in the altercation, but not by a gunshot. Willard, a native of Vancouver, Wash., who moved to Utah to overcome a heroin addiction, somehow crossed paths with the detectives while they were doing a drug investigation in the area of 2200 West and 3700 South.