Memorial service for correctional officer killed in attempted prison break

Credit: NC Department of Public Safety

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) – On Sunday afternoon, family and friends remembered one of the victims of the attempted prison escape in Pasquotank County.

Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon (Photo Courtesy of NC Public Safety)

49-year-old Wendy Shannon died Monday night following the attacks inside the prison on October 12, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.  Shannon, a correctional officer, was critically injured in the attack.  She started her career with the Department of Public Safety at the prison in Elizabeth City four years ago.

Related: Four Pasquotank inmates charged with murder in failed prison break

The memorial took place in the Burnim Fine Arts Center at Elizabeth City State University.

Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks stated in a release:

Our hearts are broken at the passing of Officer Shannon. Our deepest condolences go out to the Shannon family during this difficult time.”

Shannon is one of four employees who died after the attempted break.  Correctional Officer Justin Smith and Correctional Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden died the day of attacks, according to NCDPS.  Geoffrey Howe, a maintenance mechanic at Pasquotank Correctional Institution, died Thursday evening.

District Attorney Andrew Womble tells WAVY.com four inmates involved in the failed escape at the prison have been indicted on several charges, including two counts each of first-degree murder.

North Carolina flew flags at half-staff on Wednesday in remembrance of Shannon.

The N.C. Department of Public Safety said the prison continues to be on lockdown.

District Attorney Andrew Womble tells WAVY.com four inmates involved in the failed escape at the prison have been indicted on several charges, including two counts each of first-degree murder.