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10:28 am
Fri May 2, 2014

State Honors Police Killed In Line Of Duty

Pam Robtoy speaks about her late fiancee, U.S. Marshal John Perry, who was killed trying to arrest a fugitive in 2011.
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  Families of police officers who died on the job were in Springfield Thursday to honor their loved ones.

Three years and fifty three days. That's how long Pam Robtoy says she's lived without her fiancee, U.S. Marshal John Perry. He was shot to death trying to arrest a fugitive in St. Louis, in 2011.

Robtoy says she still doesn't understand why John was killed, but she finds comfort knowing he died serving others.

"I was supposed to be planning a wedding. I wasn't supposed to be planning a funeral service. There had to be some great reason."

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