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At 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2000, Officer Kevin Crayon, 40, noticed 12-year-old Courtney Mathis get behind the wheel of a Ford Taurus at a Mount Airy convenience store.
When he tried to stop Mathis from driving away from the store, he was dragged 800 feet down Colerain Avenue. Officer Crayon died from a head injury, after fatally shooting Mathis in the chest.




Messages of sympathy

I pray that God continues to console you and your family.
- John Johnson, Reston, Va.

May God bless you all during this time of grief. My family and I are praying for God to be with you and give you the strength to go on after this terrible and senseless loss. Officer Crayon will never be forgotten. He gave his life trying to make this world a safer and better place.
- Nikki Allen, Oxford


Dear family of a lost Cincinnati hero: God bless you, and may your grief be tempered by the fact that Kevin died a hero doing a very courageous and difficult job.
- Ken Culver, Singapore


My heart shares your burden.
- Elaine Shumpert, Stonemountain, Ga.


Cincinnati Police Officer Ron Miller made a difference in my life. I can't imagine what life would be like without his influence. Someday there is someone out there who will say a silent thank you for the time that Officer Crayon touched their lives. Everyone makes a difference. God bless all of you.
- Shawna Doellman-Underwood, Scottsdale, Az.


Family - hold your head up and thank God for the time you had Officer Kevin Crayon here on earth, and get ready to meet him on that day when the Lord shall call your name and you MUST answer. You will see Officer Crayon again.
- Rev. R. J. Watkins, Sr., Cincinnati


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