Friday, April 5, 2013

In Support of Kaufman County Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers of Houston stands behind the efforts of our brethren at the Kaufman County District Attorney’s Office and their partners with the Kaufman County Crime Stoppers organization.  While all Crime Stoppers organizations world wide operate independently, faced with a tragedy such as this, we stand united as one. 

In January of 2013, Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was gunned down outside of the County Courthouse in a violent attack.  At the time of his death, Hasse was assisting in the prosecution of an arm of the Aryan Brotherhood operating in his jurisdiction.  Months later, Hasse’s boss, District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were fatally shot in their home. 

While authorities work to piece together the series of attacks in north Texas, Crime Stoppers of Houston applauds the coalition of crime fighters at work in Kaufman County.  Kaufman County Crime Stoppers, who has partnered with the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has offered up to $100,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the responsible parties.  In an act of solidarity, Governor Rick Perry matched the reward amount, bringing the total reward to $200,000 for information leading to an arrest.

At a time when crime knows no boundaries, and the crushing grip of organized criminal activity abounds, Crime Stoppers of Houston stands with its community partners in the battle to solve and prevent crime in our own backyard.  Never is that mission more sacred than when protecting the lives of our public servants and peace officers.  Our commitment to public safety grows stronger in light of these unfortunate circumstances and never waivers in the face of tragedy. 

Crime Stoppers of Houston continues to offer its prayers and condolences to the community impacted by these horrific events, and stands along side its law enforcement partners to see to a swift closure of the ongoing investigation. 

We ask that you keep the fallen in your memories, and encourage your support of the efforts of Kaufman County’s law enforcement community.   

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