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Feb 29, 2016 6:05 PM

Merrimack mourns, holds moment of silence for grad killed on 1st day as police officer

MERRIMACK - The town of Merrimack is in mourning Monday after a native died this past weekend in the line of duty just on her first day of the job.

Funeral services for Virginia officer Ashley Guindon will be held Tuesday morning, after she got shot and killed just one day after she was sworn in.

Staff and students of Merrimack High School held a moment of silence in her honor.

"We have a motto that we live by and we actually take it quite seriously," High School Principal, Kenneth Johnson said. "It is, Believe, Go Forward and Inspire.”

Guindon was once a Merrimack High School student herself and graduated with the class of 2005.

"When I got the alert on my phone that it happened I was like ‘not again,'” said Amy Larkin-Perez, the Health and PE department chair at the high school. “Hard to believe how much this class has gone through, I mean they’ve dealt with so much loss,” Larkin-Perez said.

The 2005 class has lost six other students since graduation.

"Heartbreaking to think that on her very first day sworn in on Friday," Principal Johnson said. "Your very first shift that to have your life taken in such a violent and senseless matter.”

Ronald Hamilton, 32, is accused of shooting three officers including Guindon, as they approached the front door of his house. He will be held without bail until a hearing on April 18.

The other two officers who were shot are recovering at a Virginia hospital and are expected to make a full recovery.

"When you read her quote, her senior year quote I mean it’s such a reflection of her character and such an amazing young woman,” Larkin-Perez said.

"She writes ‘Live for something rather than die for nothing’ and I tell you when I read that yesterday I came to find it both haunting and chilling,” Principal Johnson said.

Services are being held in Virginia Tuesday and it is expected Guindon's family will have her body brought back to New England for a burial service in the days to come.

The Prince William County Police Association is accepting donations to send to Guindon's family with checks payable to "PWCPA in memory of OFC Ashley Guindon" and mailed to Prince County Police Association at Officer Guindon Memorial Fund, p.o. box 1845 Manassas, VA 20108.

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