When Mingo County Delegate Harry Keith White learned of the cold-blooded murder of his friend, Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum, he said, "It's just a sad, sad day for Mingo County and the state of West Virginia."
It is indeed, and in more ways than one.
Crum was a husband, father and grandfather. He had loads of friends from his many years working first as the police chief of Delbarton, then as a magistrate for 12 years, and most recently as Mingo County's sheriff.
But beyond the personal tragedy, this is also an affront to not just the residents of Mingo County, but to all West Virginians who care about law and order and a civil society.
Crum was shot to death from point-blank range in broad daylight as he sat in his car just a block from the Mingo County Courthouse, a spot where he often ate lunch.
That's an execution, a planned attack by someone whose sole purpose was murder.
Fortunately, police quickly rounded up the shooter.
In the coming days we'll learn more about the suspect, Tennis Melvin Maynard, 37, who was wounded by police during his arrest.
We know that Sheriff Crum had been trying to clean up the extensive illegal drug trade in his county.
He campaigned on it last year, and made good on his word.