With a heavy heart

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To the Editor:

During the early morning hours of Aug. 2, long-time village resident Helen Mills lost her life as the result of a cowardly, horrendous and heinous crime. On behalf of myself, the mayor and the entire Village of Goshen Board of Trustees, our deepest condolences go out to Helen's family. No one should ever have to suffer the pain that you must be feeling at this time. I can only hope that with time, your pain will somehow become more manageable.

I would also like to acknowledge the hard and dedicated work of the entire Village of Goshen Police Department, with a special thanks to Chief James Watt, Sergeant David Conklin, Detective Ryan Rich and the first responders to the scene, Patrolman Andrew Scolza and Patrolman Michael Wilson. Through their tireless efforts over the course of over 30 straight hours with the assistance of the Goshen Fire Department, New York State Police, Orange County Medical Examiner's Office, the Orange County Fire Investigators and the Orange County District Attorney's Office, they were able to quickly apprehend the suspected perpetrators of this unspeakable act of selfish violence.

To all of the residents of the Village of Goshen, we are blessed to live in such a wonderful and tight-knit community. Although we have all been shaken by this tragic and random act of violence, please know that our community is safe and under the watchful eye of a very dedicated police force. We cannot allow the acts of two cowards to negatively change our wonderful community that has been home to many for generations.

With a heavy heart,
Edward M. Char

Deputy Mayor, Village of Goshen

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