DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Central Florida community will come together to remember the life of a fallen Daytona Beach police officer Wednesday.
Wednesday marks 1 year since Officer Jason Raynor died from his injuries in the line of duty.
Investigators said he was on patrol at an apartment complex in June last year when he was shot.
Raynor was in a hospital for almost two months, before he died.
Days after the shooting, investigators found the suspect, Othal Wallace, hiding in Georgia.
A vigil to honor Raynor’s service is planned for 8 p.m. at Daytona Beach police headquarters on Valor Boulevard.
The Raynor Family released a statement ahead of the vigil saying, in part, “Every second of every day feels like groundhogs day. With each day that passes, our feelings remain the same...We promise that Jason’s name will never be forgotten and we will continue to fight for him.”
Read the full statement below:
“We have mourned what has been the most tragic loss of our lives. Every second of every day feels like groundhogs day. With each day that passes, our feelings remain the same. Our brother, and son, was taken from us by someone who had motive from the start. Violence and hate was the motivator. In 29 seconds, someone made a decision that put Jason to endure 55 days of pain and suffering until he was called home. We promise that Jason’s name will never be forgotten and we will continue to fight for him. Thank you to the community for your continued strength, prayers and love towards our family. We feel that regardless of the trial, one ultimately has to face their creator, who knows the truth.”— The Raynor Family
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