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Family, Friends Remember Fallen Officer



    Officer Jillian Smith's family and close friends are trying to wrap their heads around what happened Tuesday night, that led to the rookie Arlington Police officer's death.

    Smith was responding to a domestic disturbance call when she was shot and killed Tuesday night while trying to protect an 11-year-old girl. Arlington police said Barnes Samuel Netteles, 38, killed Smith and Kimberly Deshay Carter, 29, before he turned the gun on himself. Carter's daughter escaped the apartment unharmed.

    At the Arlington Police Department's South District Station, a lone police car sits covered in flowers and signs of support.

    Mourners Remember Smith and Carter

    [DFW] Mourners Remember Smith and Carter
    More than a hundred people gathered at the scene of a double shooting-suicide in Arlington to remember Kimberly Carter and rookie Arlington police officer Jillian Smith.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010)

    "We greatly appreciate the support from everyone, the condolences, the phone calls, the  text messages," said Ron Haney, Smith's uncle.

    The police car symbolizes just how much the loss of one person can affect an entire community.

    "She was so young," said Janette Bates, mother of Smith's high school best friend.  "It's tragic.  It's a loss to a wonderful family.  It's a loss to us as another family and it's a loss to the community."

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    [DFW] Family Remembers Fallen Officer's "Infectious Smile"
    The uncle of fallen Arlington Police officer Jillian Smith speaks about her ambitions and "infectious smile."
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010)

    Officer Jillian Smith was gunned down while responding to a domestic dispute Tuesday night.  She ended up saving the life of an 11 year old girl.

    "Just a hero in my mind," said Haney.

    The path Smith has taken, no one will soon forget.

    Family, Friends Remember Fallen Officer

    [DFW] Family, Friends Remember Fallen Officer
    Friends and family of fallen Arlington officer Jillian Smith talk about her passion for her profession.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010)

    "[She] had the talents to do anything she really set her heart on doing and this law enforcement is something she really wanted to do," said Haney.

    Shatya Bates, Smith's best friend from high school still can't believe she's gone.

    "She was a really good person," said Bates.

    Kimberly Carter's Family Speaks

    [DFW] Kimberly Carter's Family Speaks
    Kimberly Carter's father and stepmother talk about their daughter, killed by Barnes Samuel Netteles, along with an Arlington police officer.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010)

    All of Bates' memories are captured in photos-- from high school prom to the cheerleading squad the two were on together.

    "It's just a little hard on me because I wish I would have got to just talk to her again," said Bates.

    There's just two things Bates would have wanted to say to Smith.

    "I love you and you'll always be my friend," she said.

    Sentiments echoed by Smith's life-long best friend; her older sister Jessica.  Smith's uncle read a statement from her Thursday morning.

    "This is from her sister Jessica and she says, Jill the bond between us is so strong.  No one could ever take that away from us.  We have shared every moment of our lives together and they are the best moments ever," said Haney.

    Smith's life was one cut short in its prime.

    "Being in the Arlington Police force, this was just the beginning," said Janette Bates.  "I could see her, so much more in front of her."

    She may be gone, but friend and family say she'll never be forgotten.

    "She's a hero," said Bates.  "With a warm heart and nobody can take that from her."