- The Washington Times - Friday, September 6, 2002

About 2,000 law enforcement officers were praised and thanked as they gathered yesterday for the funeral of a Prince George's County deputy sheriff killed in the line of duty.
Speakers at the funeral for Deputy Elizabeth L. Magruder, 30, repeatedly cited her as an example of a dedicated officer.
"She was on overtime and went to serve," said the Rev. Joshua Kevin White, comparing that dedication to Jesus Christ. "Lord, thank you for all law enforcement officers."
He then asked the officers in the 2,500-seat sanctuary of Church of the Great Commission, Suitland, to stand for recognition, saying, "Don't stop. We need you in our communities."
Gov. Parris N. Glendening "thanked all the peacemakers" for the state's 5 million residents.
"She was one of the finest deputies any commander could ever want," said Sheriff Alonzo D. Black II, who then posthumously promoted Deputy Magruder from private to private first class.
Pfc. Magruder was shot in the back of the head and Sgt. James V. Arnaud, 53, was killed by six gunshots Aug. 29 as they tried to serve a psychiatric warrant on James Ramiah Logan, 24, in the Adelphi home of his parents.
A similar crowd of flag-carrying police, deputies and firefighters attended the funeral in North Beach, Md., on Tuesday for Sgt. Arnaud, who was promoted from corporal posthumously.
Yesterday's service in the church across from Andrews Air Force Base began as Pfc. Magruder's family came forward to mourn at the open casket.
Husband Derwinn Magruder held their 3-year-old son, Devinn, as he leaned low to kiss his dead wife. Devinn, wearing a suit and tie, was carried back to the family section. Two deputies supported the wobbly widower as he returned to his seat.
"I never will forget how happy they were on that day," said the Rev. R. Clinton Washington, who performed their wedding on June 24, 1999, and later baptized Devinn.
Pfc. Magruder was born April 13, 1972, in Virginia, baptized two years later in San Pedro Nolasco Church in Peru and later educated in Prince George's public schools.
Graduating from Oxon Hill High School in 1992, she went on to become a certified hairdresser, studied nursing at Prince George's Community College and was a supervisor for United Parcel Service.
She then began training to become a deputy sheriff. Her training ended abruptly when she broke her foot.
"But she didn't give up," Sheriff Black said.
"She went through the second training session and graduated with honors as one of the most physically fit graduates."
D.C. Mayor Anthony A. Williams sent a letter of condolence, stating, "She laid down her life to insure the safety of others."
At the conclusion of the two-hour service, six long limousines helped transport family members to Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton.
The family included her parents, Jose and Emma Licera; sisters, Emma and Vilma; brother, Jose Jr.; parents-in-law, Betsy and Eric Magruder; two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; and three grandparents-in-law.
Also attending were Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry, Police Chief Gerald Wilson, Public Safety Director Fred Thomas, State's Attorney Jack Johnson and County Council member M.H. Jim Estepp.
Public safety officers attending the service and forming a miles-long funeral procession were from Prince George's police, sheriff's office and corrections; Montgomery County; Arlington; Waldorf; Pentagon Police; U.S. Capitol Police; Anne Arundel County; and the Stafford County Sheriff's Office.
Mr. Glendening said Pfc. Magruder and Sgt. Arnaud were the first deputies to be killed in the line of duty in the 300-year history of the sheriff's office.
Mr. Johnson said this week that his office would not seek the death penalty for Mr. Logan because he did not believe mentally ill persons should be executed.


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