Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Deshone Akmin holds balloons with heartfelt sentiments written on them during a candlelight prayer Saturday, June 20, 2015, for Daryle Holloway, a New Orleans police officer shot to death early Saturday, apparently by a prisoner he was transporting. 'He was a real soldier,' Akmin said. He was always encouraging kids to stay in school and out of trouble. He always had time for you. We are so heartbroken right now.' Dozens of friends gathered at at the site of the former Florida Avenue Housing Development to pray for the fallen officer. Police are searching for 33-year-old Travis Boys, who had been arrested for aggravated assault and was en route to the jail when he allegedly shot Holloway, a 22-year veteran of the force.