Memorials Honor NJ Police Officer Killed In Crash

OCEAN GATE, N.J. (AP) — Fellow officers and residents were mourning the death of a small-town New Jersey police officer with impromptu memorials and a candlelight vigil.

Officer Jason Marles, 32, was killed early Thanksgiving morning on the Garden State Parkway when his Jeep was struck from behind by an alleged drunken driver.

The nine-year veteran was headed home after working a holiday anti-drunken driving detail. He leaves behind a wife and two young children.

On Friday, a wooden cross and bouquets of flowers stood at the crash site. More floral arrangements covered a police vehicle parked outside police headquarters in the Ocean County shore town of 2,000 near Toms River.

A candlelight vigil was planned for Friday night.

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  • Magda Garcia Laskiewicz

    This is such a tragidy. My heart goes out to the famly.

  • Julia G. Bonnell

    My son is a police Officr too. God Bless the family and sending our condolence to the family. His is in a better place . Keep people out of the road that are drunk. This is coming from the people of Guam. Our prayer to the family. God Love you. Julia Bonnell

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  • northoftheborder

    SO SAD and the IRONY of this officer’s death!!! Another wasted young life!! What is this world coming to?

  • Adrian

    Another precious life gone and a family left behind. When will people learn NOT TO DRINK AND DRIVE? Condolences to the family. R.I.P. our Hero.

  • Dean

    The man saving others, to be taken by an IDIOT. Bless his family

  • John Crumb

    D.U.I. Just another form of cancer. My condolences.

  • Chad Kimbrough

    Thank you for sharing this story! It is up to all of us to encourage people to never drink and drive! It’s just not worth it! Please continue to help raise awareness about not drinking and driving!

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