With the conviction of Jahmell Crockam in the killing of Lakewood Police Officer and Howell High School graduate Christopher Matlosz, reaction from all over town has been strong from his hometown.
Mayor Robert Walsh, who said he knew Matlosz from the gym said he was "glad it's over," when it came to Crockam's trial. "I'm glad justice seems to have been done and our thoughts and prayers are with the families," he added.
Crockam's trial lasted just over a week and came more than a year after Matlosz was killed in the line of duty while serving with the Lakewood Police Department. "It was an unnecesary tragedy that should never have occurred," Walsh said. "It's a tragic loss of life."
While the conviction brought closure to the case, Walsh said his thoughts will remain with the family. "I don't think there's ever closure over a death like that to the families that are involved," he said. "I've spoken to enough people that have lost children in their lives and I don't think closer ever comes especially after a senseless death."
State Sen. Robert Singer, whose district represents Howell and Lakewood also released a statement on the conviction. "This cold-blooded tragedy took the life of a 27-year-old hero from his family, friends and our community," he said. "This morning justice was properly served for Chris and his loved ones."
Howell Patch will continue to have reaction from around town as the story continues to develop.