Editor:

Yesterday, many officials from the county gathered together at the Bel Air Armory for the Homeless Persons' Memorial Service & Candle Vigil. This ceremony was to honor those homeless individuals who lost their lives in our county this year. Shockingly, among the six names on the list was the name of the murderous criminal who took the lives of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon.

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Those who have suffered with our members and with the families of Pat and Mark know all too well that I have committed that this person does not ever deserve to have his name mentioned aloud and has not and will not be mentioned by me since our initial press conference. To have his name memorialized and remembered as a "friend and neighbor" is an egregious mistake and a reopening of old wounds for all of us.

Killer of two Harford deputies was among the homeless dead remembered at annual Bel Air vigil

David Brian Evans, who murdered two Harford County Sheriff's Office deputies in February before being killed by police, was among the six homeless people remembered during the county's annual Homeless Persons' Memorial Service and Candle Vigil Wednesday in Bel Air, an apparent oversight by the vigil's organizers that has enraged Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler.

To be clear, this is not an individual who lost his life as a result of homelessness. This was a man with darkness and malice in his heart and mind. This was a man who certainly would have took other lives if not shot and killed that day by our brave deputies. This was a man who took our two brothers from us, this county and from their families. This individual was not a friend or neighbor and deserves nothing more.

I am hopeful that this was simply an oversight or mistake and this cop killer would never be honored by anyone or any organization. I fully understand that mistakes can and do occur, but to allow this man's recognition during a ceremony to honor to occur without comment would be neglectful on my part as a friend to Pat and Mark and as your sheriff.

Jeffrey R. Gahler

Harford County Sheriff

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