Solemn memorial honors slain Kaufman prosecutor

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on February 9, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 9 at 11:22 PM

TERRELL — Described as "not a taker, but a giver," more than 500 friends and family gathered on Saturday afternoon to say goodbye to Mark Hasse.

The well-known Kaufman County prosecutor was gunned down nearly a week-and-a-half ago walking to work at the courthouse.

At a memorial service in Terrell, Hasse was remembered as a loving brother and son; a passionate pilot; but most importantly, as an attorney who loved his line of work — both in private practice and in the Dallas County and Kaufman County district attorney's offices.

"I'm sure the happiest days of his life were in Dallas and then in Kaufman," said Paul Hasse, his brother.

Hasse, 57, was also honored as a gifted storyteller and as a caring friend who would always offer encouragement to his colleagues.

"The mood has been somber — no question — and people are looking for closure," said Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood.

Several law enforcement agencies have joined the investigation into Hasse's murder, but no arrests have been made. A reward fund is around $75,000 and counting.

Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland said he is confident that the killer will be brought to justice.

"He knows and I know there will be a reckoning," the DA said. "Too many people are focusing on that. That's not going to be a problem."

Paul Hasse also mentioned the search for the gunman. "You honor him by the massive effort you are making to find out who did this," he said.

Justin Lewis, an officer with the sheriff's department in Kaufman County who previously served as an investigator in the county DA's office, also spoke of how Hasse "enjoyed putting criminals in jail." Fighting to control his emotions, Lewis ended his remarks by saying the killer will be caught.

"Answers will eventually come," he said. "We must remain vigilant."

Anyone with any information about the case can contact the Kaufman Police Department at 972-932-3094; the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office at 972-932-4337; or Kaufman County Crime Stoppers at 877-847-7522. Tips can also be submitted anonymously online.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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