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Remembering a Fallen U.S. Marshal

Bob Hamilton
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United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the memorial service for Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry in St. Louis on March 13, 2011. (U.S. Marshals/Shane T. McCoy)

United States Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the memorial service for Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry in St. Louis on March 13, 2011. (U.S. Marshals/Shane T. McCoy)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was among the hundreds Sunday who attended the memorial service for a Deputy U.S. Marshal killed during an apprehension in south St. Louis on March 8.  

PHOTOS: Memorial Held For Deputy US Marshal John Perry
PHOTOS: U.S. Marshal Tribute

The service was held at Powell Symphony Hall for John Perry, a former parole officer in Madison County, Ill. who moved up to the federal marshal’s office.   St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay was there and says Marshal Perry was an officer everyone liked, “He was obviously someone who had a lot of friends, was very close to his family, loved his kids, and really was someone who was fun to be around. It was very clear from the service.”

Among the speakers were: A.G. Holder, U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton, U.S. Marshal Task Force Officer Jeff Helbling, and Perry’s 14-year-old son Sammy. Mayor Slay says they all had a similar message, “They wanted us to know that we should never forget him and always support the men and women who put their lives on the line protecting us.”  

Marshal Perry was shot to death arresting Carlos Boles at Boles’ home on Osage in the city.  Boles died in the shootout with officers.

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