Candlelight vigil for fallen deputy

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

FANNIN CO. -- Remembering one of Fannin county's own, one year later. The Fannin County community held a candlelight vigil in memory of Rahamy Mitchell, a sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty.

Sheriff Kenneth Moore says it's hard to believe a year has passed the tragic accident along Hwy 11. He says friends and family are recovering, if even they will never forget.
Dozens of people filled the law enforcement center parking lot, with the glowing candles highlighting the somber atmosphere.

Mitchell was killed one year ago when his car hit a slick spot on Hwy 11 outside Bailey. He died at the scene. Mitchell's son Kiefer attended. He is a senior at Bonham high school and a football player.

Sheriff Moore says this is just one way they can remember someone who was part of their family.

"The majority of the officers that are here, there's probably not one day that goes by that they don't think about Rahamy, they may not voice it, I know that I myself have mentioned his name, and it just popped up and other officers have too,” Moore says. “You don't forget about losing one of your own."

Timothy M. La Vergne II, the son of a Bonham police captain, designed a memorial sign to be placed at the site of the accident along Hwy 11. He created it as a surprise to the various departments around the county, including the Sheriff's office.


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