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Remembering DC-Area Police Officers Who Died in the Line of Duty

With blue carnations and a solemn pipe and drum corps, police officers and officials Monday honored local officers who died in the line of duty.

The ceremony at D.C. police headquarters included five new names:

Officer Ashley Guindon of Prince William County Police, who died in February 2016. Guindon was a rookie, on her first shift at the department, when she was killed while she responded to a domestic violence call.

Corporal Jacai Colson of Prince Georges County Police, who was killed in March 2016 during an "unprovoked attack" near police headquarters by three brothers who said they wanted to get a video on the web site "World Star Hip Hop."

Corporal Harvey Snook of Arlington County Police, who died in January 2016 of cancer. Snook was a first responder during the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, and he stayed on site for a week; his cancer was linked to his work at the site.

Senior Deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon of the Harford County Sheriff's Department, who were shot and killed in February 2016 at an Abington shopping mall by a man who had outstanding arrest warrants.

After the ceremony, Guindon's family reflected on the challenge of the months since her death.

"We are all doing pretty well," said Mark Guindon, Ashley's uncle, who was there with her aunt to represent the family. "Ashley was a strong individual; Ashley's mom has really persevered through everything."

The support of Guindon's fellow officers has helped, said Stephanie Guindon, her aunt.

"I think it's a huge community of love," she said. "Once they find out my last name and they know that we were related, it's just this caring and outpouring of support."

The Guindon family also is focused on their own memorial: Stephanie Guindon and Ashley's mom are participating in a Unity Tour cycling trip from Chesapeake to Washington to remember Ashley.

They will end at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in D.C., where Ashley's name has recently been added to the list of officers who died on duty.

"There won't be a dry eye," Stephanie said of the trip.

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