Editor's Note: The following is a letter sent Feb. 13 to media outlets by San Clemente Mayor Jim Evert, shortly after Sgt. Manuel Loggins was identified as the suspect in a deputy-involved shooting in San Clemente Feb. 9.
On behalf of the San Clemente City Council, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the wife and children of the late Manuel Loggins for their loss.
Though we do not yet know exactly what happened that early morning of Feb. 7 at San Clemente High School, the fact of the matter is, his wife is left without a husband and his children without a father. Regardless of what happened, there is a family who is grieving who must face healing from a tragedy that has impacted their lives.
As a community that faithfully supports its neighboring Marines, this incident has shocked and saddened us. It is unfortunate and unusual to have news of this magnitude hit our community; therefore, I ask that we as a community keep the Loggins family in our thoughts and prayers.
I understand there are residents who are coordinating efforts to help the Loggins family, and therefore provide another way to show your support. I am proud of our community that rallies to help one another in a time of need and this event is no exception.
At this stage, the District Attorney is continuing its thorough investigation of the case. Once concluded, I am confident the D.A. will have answers to the many questions we have. In the meantime, thank you for being a caring, supportive community that I am proud to be a part of.