Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Darby Ray

Southampton County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, August 29, 2009

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Christopher Darby Ray

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice are always remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 29, 2020

Deputy Ray,

Although I never served with you, I too once wore your uniform. Today is April 23, 2015 and you are not forgotten. Be assured the men and women of Southampton County Sheriff's Office take your sprit and memory with them on patrol.... You might even be blamed for a few pranks.... That is Brotherhood and you are remembered brother.

Billy Eubanks, Emergency Coordinator
Paul D. Camp Community College

April 23, 2015

This week is a time to reflect and remember those we have lost. Departments and organizations across the country host services and memorials to honor those of you who have paid that ultimate sacrifice. We have not forgotten. In this household you are thought of daily. Though we may never have earthly understanding of why you were taken so early, I can assure you that the price you paid was not in vain. You see, this household doe not need a special ceremony to remember the fallen. Each morning we look into the eyes of a beautiful little girl who would never have come to be if not for the soul searching and life reflection that came to pass in the days following your accident. There has never been a real way to say thank you. Not just for your service to your fellow man and the ultimate sacrifice paid but for helping us to realize in the days after your death the strength and courage we possess. Courage and strength that enabled us to consider the possibility that this now 4 year old little girl could even be a part of our lives. Thank you. You have affected earthly changes- particularly in this home. I challenge any other LEOs and families reading these reflections to NEVER let these fallen officers' deaths be in vain. Keep their memories alive by affecting positive changes in your lives, homes, departments and organizations.

Chris, rest easy. Know that you are remembered EVERY day in this household. Thank you for your service and inspiration. Till we meet again....

LEO wife
Southampton County

May 9, 2014

wanna let you know were still were still thinking about you RIP Chris

southampton county sheriffs office

August 28, 2012

Well Chris its been almost 2 years. You impacted my life more then you will ever know. From your internship days the late night college phone calls to working with you. Our fishing trips and our interupted dinners. Just wanted to say miss you and thanks for teaching me family is most important.

Buck Whitby
friend/Past Deputy Southampton Sheriffs Office

July 2, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the third anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was murdered on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I hold your family in thought and prayer today, and pray for their solace. Like your parents, I share their anquish of losing a beloved child and understand that both the pain and pride are forever.You were so heartbreakingly young.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

August 29, 2010

May God continue to protect and bless your family, friends and co-workers. Thank you for serving.

Chesterfield County Police Department, Va.

August 29, 2010

To Deputy Christopher D. Ray, his family and his fellow officers with the Southampton County Sheriff's Office:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Deputy Christopher Ray’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Deputy Ray and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc
Members and Staff

August 29, 2010

My heart and prayers go out to the Ray family, I know it is still hard, and it may never become easier, but remember you will always have an extended family within the thin blue line. You may not know all of us, but we all appreciate what your son chose to stand for. God bless you Deputy Ray and may you rest in peace BROTHER.

Det. Cpl. Joshua Butts
Franklin Police Department

June 4, 2010

Deputy Ray,
I just recently discovered that you and I were distantly related. I was then deeply saddened to find out that you had passed away on the job. I also started my career in law enforcement at 22. It takes a special person to receive the call of duty at such a young age and you were no exception. During your tour, I know you probably began to realize that this is a thankless job. Well, I want you to know that we all thank you and respect you. I hate that we will never be able to meet here on earth, but I trust and believe that we will share stories together in Heaven. Take care of everything up there, we've got it from here. Until we meet, brother.

Officer AR Upton

(POII) Officer A.R. Upton

November 17, 2009

So young. I came on at 22 years of age. I am so sorry. I look at this site so often and see to many young men and women. Why, I ask. I remember why. If we wont, then who will. God bless you Deputy Ray. You will always be in our hearts.

Cpl. Michael Dube
Mishawaka Police Dept.
Mishawaka, IN

Cpl. Michael Dube
Mishawaka Police Dept.

October 19, 2009

Dear Family, Friends, and Co-Workers of Deputy Sheriff Christopher Ray,

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of Deputy Sheriff Christopher Ray. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support during this very difficult time. We know that sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement for support. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten. Deputy Sheriff Christopher Ray is a hero.


Alissa Scott
Widow of Beryl Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Co-Founder of Survivor Help Network


September 26, 2009

Deputy Ray,

You sound like an amazing young deputy who was just starting your career, you had the qualities to be a great law enforcement officer Southampton S.O. saw it and I believe that God saw the same thing and wanted you partoling his streets.
Idaho law enforcement will keep your family and fellow officers in our prayers.
God Speed.....

Capt. David Platt
Payette Police Dept. Idaho

September 18, 2009

My heart just sank when I heard this news, both for your fellow officers and your parents/family. You were so young with your whole career ahead of you. With family living in Southampton County, I pass through and stay in your jurisdiction several times per year and always enjoy the beautiful Nottoway and the hospitable people. I have read what others said of your enthusiasm and character. I know you will be deeply missed by your parents and family, your fellow officers, and the good people of Southampton County. Rest in Peace.

Lt. Adrienne Murray
University of Richmond PD

September 18, 2009

Deputy Sheriff Ray,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Southampton County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



September 17, 2009

Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace. God Bless You.

Commonwealth's Attorney Office
Fredericksburg, VA

September 16, 2009

Rest in Peace brother. My condolences to Deputy Sheriff Ray's family and to the members of his Agency. You will never be forgotten.

Sgt Jean Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP-Service, Traffic Unit

September 16, 2009

Rest in peace brother. We've got the watch from here. May God bless your family, friends and fellow officers who all mourn the loss of yet another hero.

Motor Officer Dominick Marraccini
Easton Police Department, Easton, PA

September 16, 2009

My sympathy to the family. May he rest in peace!! Only the Good die young. I'am sorry for your loss!!

Greg Gani
Harrison County Tx

September 12, 2009

rest in peace, brother
provincial constable marty lalonde
ontario provincial police

Provincial constable marty lalonde
ontario provincial police

September 12, 2009

Chris I wanted to take some time before I left a message. Your prescene was at the office today everyone was laughing and joking on each other. Midnight shift hung around and talked to day shift who hung around to talk to evening shift. Your prescene at our office brought youth and enthusiam that was much needed. Your loss will forever be in the back of our minds and always on our hearts. Rest in peace my young brother. Our thoughts and prayers will always be with you and your family and your memory forever in our hearts.

LT. Gene Drewery
Southampton Sheriff's Office

September 11, 2009

"Book'em Dano"

Capt. J. B. Stutts
Southampton County Sheriff's Office

September 11, 2009

Deputy Ray,
You chose an honorable profession and gave your all. Your time as a peace officer was much too short, and I know your agency and the citizens you served will indeed miss you. The thin blue line got a little thinner on August 29th. Rest in peace, brother.

Ofc. C.L. Gray
Pearland PD

September 10, 2009

Rest in peace brother

Police Officer

September 10, 2009

Rest easy HERO.

K. McGee

September 9, 2009

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