Slain TX prosecutor, wife laid to rest
POSTED: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 4:55pm
UPDATED: Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 7:34pm
KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas (CNN) — The memorial service, Thursday,for a slain Texas prosecutor and his wife was somber, but one phrase made mourners erupt in applause.
"Chase 'em down. Go get 'em. Bring 'em to justice," said Chris Heisler, who led the service, drawing cheers and whistles from the crowd. "Take them out of the hole they come from."
The emotional plea came as investigators search for suspects in the unsolved killings of two prosecutors that have shaken this Texas county and drawn national attention.
Before the memorial, Texas Gov. Rick Perry made a similar appeal, calling the slayings "direct attacks on the core of our civil society," and announcing that authorities were offering a new reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the killers.
"These are heinous crimes, and they've affected not just Texans but people across the country who respect the rule of law," Perry told reporters.
District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia, died in a weekend shooting at their home, almost exactly two months after McLelland's chief felony prosecutor, Mark Hasse, died in a daytime shooting outside the county courthouse.
Investigators are considering a wide array of potential culprits but haven't arrested any suspects.
Mourners at Thursday's memorial for the McLellands said they were holding out hope.
"We don't know what happened," said Skeet Phillips, a family friend. "But I pray every night that one of us, one of these fine law enforcement officers, is just going to accidentally get the right break, the right step, and then we'll find these people."
Police saluted a flag-draped casket Thursday afternoon at a memorial service for the McClellands as family, friends and members of the community packed the pews of a baptist church.