HPD and community remembers Deen and Tate on 2 year anniversary


HATTIESBURG, MS. - The Hattiesburg Police Department (HPD) and several agencies remembered Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate on their two year death anniversary Tuesday at Java Werks.

Deen and Tate were both fatally shot on East 4th street during a routine traffic stop.

Law enforcement agencies started their day off honoring the two fallen officers with a special prayer. HPD's Chief Anthony Parker said Deen and Tate's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Chief Parker said, “And I have to say there is always something good that comes out of tragedy, Deen and Tate family, I want them to know that they have brought this community together."

The murder of Deen and Tate brought other agencies to the morning prayer service. Felix Greer the Chaplain for the Forrest County Fire Services said, “There is just that kinship, that brotherhood between the fires services and the police services."

He continued, "And I live in Hattiesburg. These men died protecting my family as well as many others and it is just what we need to do.”

Mary-Ellen Deen said she appreciates the agencies remembering her son and Tate after two years.

“We really appreciate it, we never want them forgotten because they did lay down their life for this community, and they died doing what they wanted to do" said Mary-Ellen.

Next week HPD will celebrate Police Memorial Week to remember fallen officers across the nation.

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