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Wife of Slain Officer Appreciates Community Support

Posted October 2, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Eight days ago, two North Carolina lawmen were gunned down in the line of duty.

Their families have been coping with the ultimate tragedy. But WRAL'sRick Gallreported support from across the community and country have gone a long way in helping them through the toughest of times.

"Nothing takes the place of your husband, when you're we were very much in love," said Barbara Hathcock, deputy's wife. "I just miss him so much."

Barbara Hathcock lost her husband David after 35 years of marriage. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Deputy was killed in the line of duty eight days ago when he answered a backup call from another officer. Now, Hathcock and her three sons are left remembering the man who meant so much to them.

Last Tuesday, Hathcock and State Trooper Ed Lowry were gunned down along the interstate after a traffic stop.

Thousands of people paid their respects during the funeral service. More lined the procession route to the cemetery.

Hundreds of flower arrangements, letters, and cards have arrived from all over the nation.

"It just made me know that there's people out there that really, really do care," said Hathcock.

Hathcock said the support has been unbelievable, overwhelming.

"I just would like to tell everybody out there that I really do appreciate everything they did, from my heart, and I believe they meant it," said Hathcock.

On Sunday, Hathcock visited the site where her husband and Lowry died. She wanted to see how the murder scene had been transformed into a memorial. People from across the country have stopped there, and like the rest of the support, Hathcock will never forget it.

Lowry's wife did not feel up to a television interview, but told Gall the support's been overwhelming, and it's certainly made a difference. She thanked all those who've shared their sympathies.

Wednesday, in Fayetteville, seven radio stations held a radio-thon to benefit the officers' families. The 12-hour event raised $17,000.