Services held Wednesday for slain officer
Sep. 5, 2002

Friends and family began to say goodbye to Pvt. Elizabeth Magruder today, almost one week after she and another sheriff's deputy were shot and killed in the line of duty.

"We love her so much," said Felicia Moore, Magruder's cousin. "She was so young and had so much life ahead of her. But now that's all gone."

Magruder and Cpl. James Arnaud were allegedly shot and killed by 23-year-old James Logan when the deputies went to serve an emergency petition that would have allowed them to take Logan to a psychiatric institution last Thursday night.

"Anybody who went to that door would've been in danger," Moore said. "It just happened to be her."

Moore and others close to Magruder said the 30-year-old Clinton resident was a great mother and friend who loved her job.

"I've heard some people are born to be police officers," said Erika Ervin, an officer with the Maryland National Capital Park Police who was in Magruder's academy class.

"She was definitely one of those people."

Magruder's husband, Derwinn Magruder, is anxious for the resolution of his wife's killing.

"Justice will be done," he said in a public statement given after the viewing Wednesday. "Thank you all for the support from the community and Prince George's County."

--Guy Leonard