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Sheriff's Office Honors Murdered Officer


POSTED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 9:20pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 11:14am

Two years later, it remains a troubling episode in the sensitive relationship between El Paso and Juarez.
On Tueday, The El Paso County Sheriff's Office held another informal memorial to remember the murders of Detention Officer Arthur Redelfs and his wife in Juarez .

Mexican gang members shot and killed Redelfs and his wife Leslie in March of 2010. The family is grateful to the sheriff's office for keeping the victims' memory alive.

"On behalf of Arthur and Leslie Redelfs' family, we appreciate this very much,” said Ruben Redelfs.

Arthur's older brother Ruben held back tears while thanking The El Paso County Sheriff's Office for honoring his brother.

He says local law enforcement has worked hard to bring his brothers killers to justice.

"Combined law enforcement that has aggressively pursued and held accountable the people that were responsible for the death of my brother and his wife. We appreciate that,” said Ruben Redelfs.

Arthur's former co-workers describe his sense of humor. They've decided to name the employee break room in his honor because so many good memories are based on the laughter in the room.

Friends and family say that Arthur Redelfs was able to keep a light spirit in a very heavy work environment. 

The husband of a U.S. Consulate employee was also killed in Juarez that day.



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While we understand that God has sovereign control over all things, it is important to remember that God is not the source of tragedy. The vast majority of human suffering is caused by sin, all too often the sin of other people. For instance, a mass murder is the fault of the murderer disobeying the moral law of God (Exodus 20:13; Romans 1:18-21). When we look to find meaning in such an event, we have to understand why this world is the way it is. The hardship of this world was originally caused by mankind’s sin (Romans 5:12), which is always a matter of choice (1 Corinthians 10:13).

While God is perfectly capable of stopping tragedies before they begin, sometimes He chooses not to. While we may not know why, we do know that He is perfect, just, and holy, and so is His will. Also, the suffering we experience in this world does three things. It leads us to seek God, it develops our spiritual strength, and it increases our desire for heaven (Romans 8:18-25; James 1:2-3; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:7).

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