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Deputy Director Carolyn Ann Cross | District of Columbia Department of Corrections, District of Columbia District of Columbia Department of Corrections, District of Columbia

Deputy Director

Carolyn Ann Cross

District of Columbia Department of Corrections, District of Columbia

End of Watch: Sunday, September 7, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 64

Tour: 30 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Location: Virginia

Weapon: Blunt object; Wrench

Offender: Committed

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Deputy Director Carolyn Cross was beaten to death inside her apartment in the 4800 block of Kenmore Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia.

She was preparing to leave her apartment to represent the District of Columbia Department of Corrections at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, when the subject attacked her. He struck her approximately 15 times with a heavy wrench and then strangled her.

Deputy Director Cross' daughter found her body when she arrived at the apartment to drive her to the airport.

The subject who murdered her was located a short time later after attempting to commit suicide. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a state mental hospital.

Deputy Director Cross had served with the District of Columbia Department of Corrections for 30 years. She is survived by her husband and four children.

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Dearest daughter of Deputy Director Carolyn Cross,
How very proud you must be of your mother. As she was so highly accomplished, I believe she will remain an exemplary example and inspiration of our nations finest, especially to women. It amazes me how much she's achieved and overcome throughout her precious life. Our country has lost a lot on the day she was taken. I have three sisters and a nephew who've retired from LEO, and a niece in Texas who will reach hers in two years. These next two years are scarier for us (her family), than the first two and any inbetween. You were so close... It's more than sad and angers me very much that your life was insanely stolen from you and your family. What too many in society don't realize is that, we as a nation have all lost on the day you were taken. Thank you, for your devotion to mankind, and your ultimate sacrifice in providing a safer and just environment for our society. You are forever held in the highest respect and honor for your dedication, courage and selfless service.

Civilian Irisa Hernandez
Family of LEO
September 7, 2016

 

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