by: Catherine Parrotta Updated:
MERRIMACK, NH - A New England native killed in the line of duty is being remembered by her hometown.
HONORING A FALLEN OFFICER
Officer Ashley Guindon, a 28-year-old Merrimack native, was shot and killed Saturday while responding to a call during her first shift with a police department in northern Virginia.
"Words cannot begin to describe how the Merrimack Police Department feels today," the department wrote on Facebook Sunday. "As many of you know, Ashley Guindon, who grew up in Merrimack, was shot and killed by a coward."
Merrimack Police went on to write that the department "will be there to honor Ashley, no matter where it takes us."
Officer Guindon graduated from Merrimack High School in 2005. On Monday, the high school remembered her with a moment of silence as the whole community mourns her loss.
"Ashley wrote in her MHS yearbook, 'live for something rather than die for nothing', Ashley, you have set an example for us to follow, may you rest in peace, we will take it from here," the Merrimack Police Department wrote.
The principal from Merrimack High School also shared some thoughts upon learning of Officer Guindon's death.
"At MHS we live by the motto believe, go forward and inspire. We believe that Ashley not only embraced our motto, she personified it," the principal wrote in a statement.
Officer Guindon served in the military before becoming a police officer. Her uncle is a detective with the West Springfield, Massachusetts Police Department.
Sadly this isn't the first loss for the family. In her high school year book, Officer Guindon referred to her father in heaven. Air National Guard staff Sargent David Guindon took his own life after returning from Iraq in 2004.
SUSPECT DUE IN COURT
The man accused of killing Officer Guindon, Ronald Hamilton, was due in court Monday.
Hamilton is a staff sergeant in the army who worked at the Pentagon. Police say Hamilton killed his wife Saturday and then shot down Officer Guindon and two other officers who arrived at the scene. The other officers remain in the hospital.
Police say Hamilton's 11-year-old son was home at the time of the shooting, but he was not hurt.
Hamilton was charged with capital murder and could face the death penalty.
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