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Fayette remembers two slain officers and a dispatcher

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   Friday morning really showed how much Officers Arnold Strickland, James Crump and Dispatcher Leslie 'Ace' Mealer meant to the Fayette community.  A crowd bore the rainfall as fellow officers laid wreaths at the fallen heroes memorial in the honor of the slain men. 

   Mealers mother shed tears during the ceremony. "They [other officers] care about the one I've lost because it's hard to deal with it after 10 years," said June Mealer.  She says the gathering shows a lot of support.

   The three men were working second shift on June 7th when Devin Moore (Thompson), a young man they had arrested took one of their pistols and shot all three.  He blamed the cop killing video game, Grand Theft Auto.

   "I went about two years with just numbness where I just didn't talk about it," says Fayette Officer Charles Walker.  He spoke publicly about the killing for the first time at the memorial.  Walker was on-leave serving in Iraq when it the shootings happened. "I thought there was a closeness that I didn't get because I knew those guys well. I worked with them well. I was Crump's supervisor on second shift."

   James Crump's son was also at the ceremony.  He was only seven years old when Moore gunned down his father. "It shows a lot of love and support and a really good feeling," says Julian Crump.

   "It brings back the love that we all have when that day happened. We were all together. To see them again - that everybody's doing ok and that we can make it through tomorrow," added Tony Crump, James Crump's brother.

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