Memorial service held for Pasquotank worker killed during failed prison break

(North Carolina Department of Public Safety)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C (WAVY) – A private memorial has been held for the Pasquotank Correctional Institute work who was killed during an attempted prison break on Oct. 12.

The service for Correction Enterprises manager Veronica Darden was held Saturday morning, and the service for Correctional Officer Justin Smith will be held Sunday. Both services are being held at Elizabeth City State University.

Justin Smith, left, and Veronica Darden, were killed in an incident Oct. 12 at the Pasquotank Correctional Institution. Officials said inmates started a fire in a sewing plant. Several inmates tried to escape after the fire was started, but were unsuccessful.

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North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper released a statement on today’s service:

I spent some time today with the families of Corrections Officer Justin Smith and Corrections Enterprises leader Veronica Darden who were tragically killed in the attempted prison escape in Pasquotank County. I presented these families with both American and North Carolina flags that had been flown over the state Capitol. I am grateful for the lives of these two brave public servants and for their very special families who have touched me today with their kindness and courage in the face of profound loss and deep sorrow.”

A joint news conference was held Friday morning in Pasquotank County — where officials announced the charges against inmates Wisezah Buckman, Seth Frazier, Mikel Brady and Jonathan Monk.