A memorial service on Friday night in will honor the lives of a Caroline County sheriff’s deputy and his girlfriend.
Authorities say 23-year-old Leonard Reel took his own life on Wednesday, just days after arriving at the scene of a deadly car crash, only to discover the victim was his girlfriend, 23-year-old Elizabeth Ryan.
The combined memorial service begins at 7 p.m. at the Bowling Green United Methodist Church.[googlevideo=http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8819286613838011159]
A somber ceremony last night in Caroline county where dozens of people gathered to remember Deputy Leonard Reel and his fiancé Elizabeth Ryan.
Elizabeth was killed in a car crash on Monday; Reel was one of the officers called to the scene.
He was so overcome by the tragedy, that he took his own life two days later.
Last night’s service honored the lives of the young couple, on the verge of starting a new life together.
It’s a loss Elizabeth’s sister says she can’t make sense of.
“I truly don’t know where to begin,” she said “Your death has left me go numb so much. you truly were my best friend.”
Elizabeth Ryan leaves behind a three year old daughter.
In lieu of flowers, the sheriff’s office is asking the public to donate to a special fund set up to care for the child.
Donations can be sent to Union Bank and Trust, P.O. Box 220, Ladysmith, Virginia 22501.[googlevideo=http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8265628563877809778]