U.S. Marshal, Luray native killed in line of duty

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LURAY — Patrick Carothers, Luray High School graduate and 26-year veteran of the U.S. Marshals Service, was killed in the line of duty last week.

Carothers, 53, lived in Georgia with his wife of 30 years, Terry, and five children. Working as the Deputy Commander of the Marshals Southeast Regional Task Force, Carothers was leading his team on the search for a fugitive on the run from South Carolina on Friday morning, Nov. 18.

They tracked Dontrell Montese Carter, 25, to a trailer in the town of Ludowici, 55 miles outside of Savannah.

Entering the trailer first, Carothers was shot twice by Carter and later died at a local hospital. It was unsure if Carothers fired his weapon. The fugitive was shot multiple times by other marshals on the scene and later died at a hospital.

"Our deputies and law enforcement officers face dangers every day in the pursuit of justice nationwide," said David Harlow, U.S. Marshals Service Deputy Director, in a statement. "Pat is a hero and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and five children."

News of Carothers' death spread across the country, with several national news outlets picking up the story. The Navy college football team, who Carothers' son plays for, wore stickers on their helmet in remembrance of Carothers' life during their 66-31 victory over East Carolina on Saturday.

Carothers was a 1982 graduate of Luray High School and member of the varsity football team. His loss is being felt in the local community, as several have posted online condolences.

"Pat was great — he was like a brother to my husband," said Teresa Caviness, Luray resident. "It has been a very sad day for us. Our thoughts and prayers are going out to Pat's wife and his five kids. We are in such disbelief right now."

Derek Wood, of Luray, had only known Carothers for a few months, but quickly forged a friendship.

"We had an amazing conversation while he and I sat on my porch and talked about work, family and just life in general," Wood said. "You never know what God has in His plan for you, so cherish every day you have on this earth. Prayers for the family and may he rest in peace."

Funeral services were planned in Georgia for Saturday, Nov. 26. Carothers was buried in Luray on Tuesday, Nov. 29. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorial donations be made in Carothers' honor to the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund, available online at

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