Community hosts memorial motorcycle ride in honor of deceased Chambers County MP

CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) – The Lafayette community honored a fallen hero today with a memorial motorcycle ride.

Deputy Sheriff J’Mar Abel, 24, was killed in the line of duty last month after authorities said he was assisting in the pursuit of a suspect from a nearby county when he lost control of his patrol car.

Abel served the Chambers County community for two years. Sadly, he lost his life on his second birthday.

The event included food vendors, snow cones and inflatables for children and family entertainment outside the Chambers County Courthouse.

“I’m a little emotional right now, but I’m really proud of him, and I’m just a little impressed with everyone who showed up and everyone showing their love and support. I have never experienced such love and support from such a large group of people,” said Jasmine Gaddist, Abel’s fiancée.

“I would like to be remembered as the go-getter professional police officer I saw in him. He was probably one of the best,” added Sgt. Derek Wright.

“To me he was an angel. I told my daughter I believed he was an angel,” Gaddist’s father said.

Deputy J’Mar Abel is survived by his fiancée, Jasmine Gaddist and his father, Martin Abel.

All proceeds from today’s race will go to Mrs. Gaddist, her son and their daughter, who will be born in August.

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