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Thousands of people memorialize Virginia officer killed on first day of duty

Officer Ashley Guindon is pictured having been sworn in by the Prince William County Police Department. (REUTERS/Prince William Co PD/Handout)

On Tuesday, thousands of people came together at the Hylton Memorial Chapel in Woodbridge, Virginia, to honor Ashley Guindon, a 28-year old police officer who was fatally shot on her first day on the job. When Guindon approached a house on Saturday along with two other officers to investigate a reported domestic disturbance, a gunman opened fire hitting all three officers. Guindon later died in the hospital, while her two colleagues suffered non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was identified as Ronald W. Hamilton, a 32-year old man who had reportedly already shot and killed his wife before the officers arrived. At the memorial service, Guindon was remembered for dedicating her life to others, including volunteering with soup kitchens, suicide prevention programs, and at mortuary services for Marines killed overseas. She had grown up an only child, serving as a field operator in the Marine Reserve Corps. Guindon received an undergraduate degree in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. “She accomplished more in 28 years than I could in 100,” Steve Hudson, Chief of the Prince William County Police Department said at the memorial service.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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