MONROE, Wash. - Sunday marked the one year anniversary of the murder of Monroe Correctional Officer Jamie Biendl. Events were held throughout the day to honor her.
Nearly 400 peopletook part in a memorial 5-K run at Sky River Park in Monroe. Many of those participating in the run were staff members of the Department of Corrections and police officers.
Sgt. Brian Johnston with the Monroe Police Department said the run was part of the healing process.
It is a way to think positively about somebody who gave her life in the service of others and for us to do something that is quite visible within our industries, to keep Jayme s memory alive and to keep our relationships positive, not only within our organizations but with the community at large, he said.
A candelight vigil at 8 p.m. at the Monroe Corrections Complex was open to the public. At 9 p.m. a statewide moment of silence was planned at all corrections facilities.
Inmate Byron Scherf, serving a life sentence for rape and assault, admitted to strangling Biendl in the chapel of the correctional complex. Three correctional officers were fired and a sergeant was demoted in connection with the murder.