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Vigil remembers fallen cop

Pitchess Detention Center hosts 24-hour observance

Posted: August 16, 2014 10:12 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2014 10:12 p.m.

A deputy stands watch at a 24-hour vigil at Pitchess Detention Center on Saturday in memory of Deputy Shayne York, who was killed in a 1997 armed robbery. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze

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Deputies at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic kept a solemn vigil Saturday in remembrance of one of their fallen comrades.

Saturday’s 24-hour vigil marked the 17th anniversary of the death of Deputy Shayne D. York, who was shot during a robbery of a Buena Park beauty salon in 1997.

He died two days later, on Aug. 16, 1997, at the age of 26.

Now, his fellow deputies in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department hold an annual vigil to honor his memory. The latest was held at the Shayne Daniel York Memorial Park at Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic.

“Tragically, he was murdered for absolutely no reason,” said Deputy Brett Radloff, who helped coordinate Saturday’s vigil.

York was in a salon in Buena Park with his fiancee when two armed men entered and attempted to rob the business.

The two ordered the patrons in the business to lie face down on the floor, according to information from the Sheriff’s Department.

“Deputy York was completely cooperative, but because he had his badge on him, a suspect put a gun to the back of his head and executed him in the middle of the salon,” Radloff said.

The two suspects were later captured and convicted.

Radloff estimated that throughout the entirety of the 24-hour vigil for York, some 150 deputies would stand watch.

York’s death still resonates over the years, Radloff said, because of the dangers those in law enforcement face.

“It’s something that every day you need to watch out for, so you can make sure you’re the one that goes home at the end of the day,” Radloff said.


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