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Assistant SAC David Gray Wilhelm

United States Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Office of Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, March 11, 2005

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Reflections for Assistant SAC David Gray Wilhelm

I served in the SAC DC, where your legacy hangs large! You cast a shadow of faith and service there to this day. Rest, Brother; your colleagues have this now.....

USCS/HSI Special Agent

October 4, 2021

I served in the SAC DC, where your legacy hangs large! You cast a shadow of faith and service there to this day. Rest, Brother; your colleagues have this now.....

USCS/HSI Special Agent

October 3, 2021

I worked with David and he was a great agent and a wonderful human being. So talented and accomplished. He is sorely missed.

SA Gary Cullop

March 11, 2021

ASAC Wilhelm,
On today, the 15th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

March 11, 2020

Your story is utterly tragic and reading the comments I’m heartbroken. You were loved and admired. Rest in Heavenly peace.

Special Agent Christopher Di Leonardo
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

April 8, 2019

Still miss you everyday, but I know you guide my steps!

Your biggest fan (and wife)

April 29, 2018

Rest in perpetual peace my brother in blue. You will be remembered for your actions that unfaithful day. We lost two brothers in blue that day. May you continue to watch over us from there. Heros live for ever!!

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

March 11, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

January 27, 2016

Dave- As NPW approaches I am reflecting on our times together. So many discussions about so many really hits home now!

Ken Davis
Chief of Police
Jefferson City TN Police Department
former USCS SA- Beaufort Office Tactical Enforcement Division

Chief Ken Davis
former room-mate

May 9, 2014

I think of you every my friend. It has been 8 years.....still cannot believe you are gone. I will never forget.

Jeff Jordan
ICE ASAC Charlotte (Ret)

March 8, 2013

I still miss you much my friend. Its still hard to accept you aren't here with us in body, although I know in sprit you will always be with us and have our backs. Rest in peace my brother.

SGT. Rick N. Crayton
Locust Police Dept. / Friend

October 15, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the seventh anniversary of your death. 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 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your family and your friends for sharing their memoireis and devotion to you through their reflections. .

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 11, 2012


When I was a little kid you were my hero. You and my dad worked so many drug cases together and the way that you and he would sit around and talk about them are the reason that I am going to apply to ICE after the Navy. I remember being about 6 or 7 years old when we were building our house you would stay there with my dad till 3 or 4 in the morning laying tile. One day while you were laying tile in my parents shower you bet me a dollar that your special scissors could cut a penny in half, I didn't believe you could do it at all. When you finally cut the penny and broke your scissors I thought you were a super hero. I laughed at you for breaking the sissors and you said "Ain't nothin but a thing brother, made my man destroyed by man", I still use that saying. I remember being in 8th grade when you passed away, I was so sad it was 2 days before my 14th birthday and I just couldn't understand how this had happened. I have never seen my dad as sad as he was during that time. Finally the day of your funeral I remember sitting in the church crying my head off, I looked up at the light fixture that was above my head and it was swinging back and forth! I immediately decided that it had to be you, you had to be sitting up there on that light, watching down on us. I have never told anyone that about the light fixture. I remember my dad saying that you were the only person that he ever met that no matter what, where or who you were with, you would always bow your head and say grace before you ate.
Dave, I look up to you so much I hope I can be half the man that you were. I want to be a Federal Agent, I want to help people, I want to do construction and finally I want to be a good Christian man, all this in hopes that one day I can have someone look up to me and influence someone the way that you influenced me.

Very respectfully,
Midshipman Ben Roberts, USNR

Son of Captain John Roberts, Cabarrus County Sherriffs Department, Retired

Grandson of J.B. Roberts Sheriff Cabarrus County Sheriffs Department, Retired

Ben Roberts
Son of a good friend

December 9, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 11, 2010

It's been 4 long years Dave. I miss you and think about you daily. The world will never know what good things you would have accomplished, yet I know that you are directing the good from Heaven. You died like you lived, reaching out to others. It's not how long you live, but how you live that makes the difference. Your kind heart was a model of others. Rest in peace my friend.

Jeff Jordan, SVP, Bank of America
Retired ICE ASAC

March 11, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 11, 2009

Haven't left a message since 2005, but have never forgotten you! You will always be a special special agent!
I still remember what craziness transpired that regretful day, March 11, 2005.
Brian Nichols is an evil soul and deserves the death penalty for all the destruction he caused. But the Lord will have justice in the end whether or not it is done here on Earth. Your memory lives on.
David served proudly and was deeply loved and respected by those who
knew him. It is a tragedy to lose him. We never know when our lives on this
earth will end, but we can make a reservation in Heaven now and assure us a
place when God calls us to Himself. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life
(John 14:6) and He PAID the price for our sins on the Cross so we don't have to pay the penalty for our sins. Yipee! If we accept His payment by faith we can have salvation and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. It is not something we must earn, it is a gift. The most precious one we can ever receive. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith_and this not from yourselves, it is the GIFT of God_not by good deeds, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2: 8,9. For without faith, it is impossible to please God. And our faith must be in God's only Son, Jesus Christ.
You were a credit to the uniform, David. My heart goes out to your
loved ones left behind and may the Lord comfort them as only He can.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


December 13, 2008

Agent Wilhelm,

Your murder was finally convicted. Rest easy now.

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance
President Genesee Valley Concerns of Police Survivors

Ellen Guerdat
Gates Police Victim Assistance/President GV COPS

November 7, 2008

I only heard of these tragic events today when someone who knew you told me of the trial finally happening three long years after that horrible day. She told me what a wonderful man, husband and father you were and how much you are still missed.

Thank you for your service to our country and for the ultimate sacrifice you and your family have made for the rest of us. May you see justice done and the coward who perpetrated these acts punished as you sit with the angels at God's feet. May He bless your family and watch over them.

St. Augustine FL

October 2, 2008

Our family misses you so much. You will always be remembered in our hearts. As the trial of Brian Nichols begins today, we just pray that justice is appropriately served.

Marsha Wilhelm Beaver

September 23, 2008

I remember when I first met you as a new agent with our friend Ron. You became a good friend, and great agent. You are remembered and missed. Rest in Peace My Friend!!

Tony Keller Lt. Retired

July 18, 2008

Remembering a gentleman. Long may your memory live among your family and friends. God bless you and keep you. You are not forgotten.


July 10, 2008

I met Assistant SAC Wilhelm a few months before his final and tragic confrontation with one of the many cowards that prey on society. I remember him as a warm and caring man who loved his job, his service to his country, and his fellow law enforcement officers.

Rest in Peace.

Deputy Jason O'Toole
Rockdale County Sheriff's Office

May 9, 2008



April 7, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 19, 2008

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