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Flags Fly at Half Staff for Fallen Officers

Posted September 24, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Wednesday was a rough day for state troopers and sheriff's deputies. The rainy weather was almost fitting for a day of mourning by the City of Fayetteville, especially the family and friends who knew Trooper Ed Lowry and Cpl. David Hathcock best.

The task of raising the flag to half staff is the kind of job no law enforcement officer ever wants. Wednesday in Fayetteville, it was twice as hard and twice as sad. Flags at both the Highway Patrol office and the county law enforcement center show the grief the entire community feels after both Lowry and Hathcock were shot and killed yesterday on Interstate 95.

Al Lowry wanted to see where his brother took his last breath. It's all family members can do to try to understand.

Lowry had worked in Cumberland County for the last three years but had served more than 20 years with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Sgt. Bill Martin remembers Lowry as a good person, a senior trooper who the younger guys naturally look up to.

Sheriff's deputies say the same about Hathcock. He had joined the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office 20 years ago and, like Lowry, was a dedicated officer and father.

"David was just a good, solid law enforcement officer," says Sheriff Moose Butler. "No frills down to earth, but very solid. He was liked by people he worked with and the people he met on a daily basis."

What happened on I-95 Tuesday can never be undone, but what's especially sad is that in the law enforcement community, it will also never be forgotten.

"Unfortunately that's the nature of this job," Martin admits. "We're never guaranteed to be able to go home at night."

A Fayetteville radio station, Rock 103.5, is setting up a memorial in the names of both Hathcock and Lowry. Donations are being accepted at all BB&T banks across the state.

You can also drop off donations at the Rock 103 offices inside the Wachovia building in downtown Fayetteville.

A scholarship fund has been set up to benefit Trooper Lowry's family. Donations may be made to the Trooper Lloyd Lowry Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Triangle Bank, P.O. Box 20485, Greenville, NC 27858.

Funerals for both Trooper Lowry and Deputy Hathcock will be held Friday, Sept. 26, at the Cumberland County Civic Center.