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Tupelo Police Sergeant Kevin “Gale” Stauffer Jr., who has Alcorn County ties, will be honored along with other fallen officers during the 4th Annual Mississippi Fallen Law Enforcement Officer’s Candlelight Vigil.

Stauffer spent much of his adolescent life in Corinth with his mother Debbie McAlilly Brangenburg and sister Caroline Stauffer Turney.

His grandfather Dr. Roy McAlilly was Pastor of First United Methodist Church in the early 1980s.

According to current church members, the family was active in Corinth school, church and community activities.

As a child, Stauffer was a member of Corinth Boy Scout Troop 129 where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

His mother was in charge of the Corinth Main Street Program before moving to Tupelo to run the Main Street program there.

Stauffer was killed in the line of duty during a shoot out with suspected bank robbers in Tupelo on December 23, 2014. He was 38 years old.

The public servant is survived by his wife Beth, daughter Dixie and son Skip.

Attorney Jim Hood will join the Mississippi Chiefs of Police in marking the solemn occasion which starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Statewide Fallen Officers Memorial between the Sillers and Gartin Justice buildings off High Street in downtown Jackson.

“Mississippi lost too many heroes in the line of duty last year,” said Attorney General Hood. “We will especially honor each one of their sacrifices, along with that of the other 221 officers on our memorial.”

In addition to Stauffer, Mississippi’s most recently fallen officers are:

• Cheif of Police Randy Junior Boykin of the Enterprise Police Department was killed March 19, 2013

• Detective Eric Tyrone Smith, Sr. of the Jackson Police Department was killed April 4, 2013.

• Police Officer Bruce Daniel Jacob of the Jackson Police Department was killed July 20, 2014.

• Corporal Keith Alan Crenshaw of the Europa Police Department was killed Oct. 23 2013.

• Corporal Clinton Hugh Frazier of the Union County Sheriff’s Office was killed Dec. 18, 2013.

“We are grateful that we have no line of duty deaths in 2014,” said Executive Director of the Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police Ken Winter. “We hope we never have to engrave another name on this memorial wall.”

Governor Phil Bryant will serve as the keynote speaker for the event.

Members of the public, along with family and friends of any Mississippi law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty, are invited to join officers from the Mississippi Chiefs of Police Association, the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries Department, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Mississippi Attorney General’s office at the event.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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