City Marshal William R. Karr

City Marshal William R. Karr

Gilman Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Friday, October 6, 1899

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William R. Karr

City Marshal William Karr was shot and killed near the Gilman freight depot while making his nightly rounds at approximately 11:15 pm.

Several citizens heard a gunshot and then observed Marshal Karr staggering across the railroad tracks toward the Redfield Hotel. The freight master assisted Marshal Karr back to the depot where he died before he could make any statements. He had been shot one time in the chest by a .32 caliber revolver.

No suspects are known to have been apprehended.

Marshal Karr had only served as the city marshal for only three weeks. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 3 weeks
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Not available

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 119th anniversary year of your death. I am privileged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

August 8, 2018

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