Family members of fallen Deputy David Wade collected on the front steps of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office Sunday morning to share their first public comments on the tragic death of Wade.
With Sheriff Damon Deveraux standing with them, family members wore black t-shirts that said “LOVE … Gone but not forgotten” as Wade’s brother, Jerry, spoke on their behalf.
On April 18, David Wade was tragically killed while on duty as he served an eviction notice near Mulhall. Wade was air-flown from the scene, but later died in a Oklahoma City hospital. He was 40 years old. Related article: Logan County deputy shot and killed serving eviction notice; suspect in custody
“The last couple of months have been tremendously difficult for us,” Jerry Wade said as he read from a prepared statement. “We have been so incredibly shock about the loss of David that most of us have been unable to publicly talk about it.”
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With family members holding back tears, Jerry Wade thanked many from the community, state and across the country.
“Our family has received a numerable acts of kindness from so many individuals, families and organizations.”
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He continued, “Thank you to the people who lined up the streets for David’s funeral procession. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me and my family to see this community stand with us in solidarity as David was being carried to his final resting place. Your presence touched our hearts, deeply.”
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Jerry Wade’s voice seemed to strengthen as he directed his attention to Nathan LeForce, although he never mentioned him by name. LeForce was captured following a lengthy manhunt and has been charged with first degree murder in the death of David Wade. Related article: Video: DA will seek the death penalty in the case against fallen LCSO Deputy Wade
“My family and I are deeply saddened to have to bear this torch, but rest assure we are committed to seeing the full extent of the law carried out on the person who wrongfully took David away from us,” Jerry Wade said.
“Let there be no question that we fully support District Attorney (Laura) Thomas’ decision to pursue the death penalty. I have every faith that the justice system will deliver what my brother and those left behind missing him rightfully deserve. The scales will be weighed and evil will reap with what it has sown.”
Wade finished his statement by saying, “There are tough times ahead for my family still, but our hearts will be carried by so many.”