Dozens of police officers around the world are posting photos of their first day on duty to honor the Virginia rookie cop who was killed over the weekend during her first shift.
The tributes for Prince William County Officer Ashley Guindon began pouring in Saturday after she was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call. They continued Tuesday as hundreds attended the slain officer’s funeral in Woodbridge, Va. “In honor of officer #AshleyGuindon. Here is my 1st Duty picture @ASPBath 2004,” Mark Walsh, a law enforcement officer in England, wrote on Twitter. “May she RIP & forever be remembered.” Walsh is one of many participating in the social media memorial.
Authorities said a man armed with a rifle ambushed Guindon, 28, and two other officers as they approached his Woodbridge home. Ronald Hamilton, a 32-year-old Army staff sergeant, has been charged with capital murder in Guindon’s death. He also faces a murder charge in the shooting death of his 29-year-old wife, Crystal Hamilton, according to the Associated Press.
Guindon served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 2007 to 2013, earning numerous awards, the Prince William County Police Department said in a statement. “Ashley Guindon is deeply loved and sorely missed not just by those who knew her best, but by everyone who is touched, not by how she died, but how she lived,” the statement said. “Such is the fate of a hero.”