Feb 28, 2016 8:38 PM

Merrimack mourns local woman, a police officer, killed in Virginia shooting

MERRIMACK - The flags at the Merrimack police department are at half staff a day after the shooting death of 28-year-old Ashley Guindon, a fellow officer who grew up in town.

Guindon graduated from Merrimack High School and went on to join the Marines. She was sworn in as a police officer for the Prince William County Police Department in Virginia the day before she was killed.

"Anybody who takes those steps to do what they feel is necessary to do...speaks volumes about the character that she brought to bear" says Merrimack Chief of Police Mark Doyle.

The family is asking for privacy, but neighbors say their hearts go out to Guindon's mother.

"She's real sweet, real quiet" said neighbor James Geuidan. "I can't imagine you know, being in her position at all."

As the community and police officers everywhere deal with this senseless tragedy, Chief Mark Doyle says his department will attend the services honoring Officer Guindon's sacrifice.

"We'll be making sure that we have a presence wherever that may take us...whether it's in Woodbridge, whether it's in Virginia, or whether it's even here at home," he said.

The high school will hold a moment of silence Monday and Principal Kenneth Johnson said the theme of the class of 2005 is "Forever Young" noting Guindon is the sixth member of her class to have passed. He goes on to say Guindon embraced and personified the school's motto of "believe, go forward, and inspire".

Under her senior portrait in the yearbook is the quote "Live for something rather than die for nothing."

Gov. Maggie Hassan issued a statement Sunday offering her condolences to the Guindon family.

"The death of Prince William County Officer Ashley Guindon is a solemn reminder that every day our first responders courageously put their lives on the line to protect others. Whenever one of our law enforcement officials makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, it cuts through the very fabric of our society, and Tom and I join Officer Guindon's family in New Hampshire, loved ones, the Prince William County community and people across the country in mourning her tragic loss."

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