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Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Lilly | United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy U.S. Marshal

Samuel Lilly

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 29, 1924

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: North Carolina

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed

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Deputy Marshal Lilly and Officer Leon George, of the Wilmington, North Carolina, Police Department, were shot and killed after being ambushed at about 1900 hours at approximately 15 miles from Wilmington. The two were returning for a liquor still raid when they were attacked as the crossed a creek. Both officers and Officer George's dog were shot at close range and killed. Four suspects were apprehended. Two of them were father and son and executed for the murders on the same day.
Deputy Marshal Lilly had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and three children.

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Officer Leon George
Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 29, 1924
Cause: Gunfire

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I just learned of you today, you are my Granny Daisy Lilly Ervin's brother. I'm a genealogist, while working on my own family history today I found you and your cause of death. I was sad and inspired at the same time. I'm grateful for your service, your example and the love you've proven for your fellowman in serving and protecting. Thank you Uncle Sam, peace to you forever~

Annie Duckett Hundley
Great-grand neice
September 19, 2011

 

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