Solemn memorial honors slain Kaufman prosecutor

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by TODD UNGER

WFAA

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

TERRELL — Hundreds of people paused to remember slain Kaufman County prosecutor Mark Hasse at a memorial service on Saturday afternoon.

They shared fond memories of Hasse in and out of the courtroom.

Hasse was shot and killed on January 31 on a street near the Kaufman County Courthouse.

We've heard so much about this case, the investigation, and the continuing manhunt for the person or persons responsible.

But Saturday provided the opportunity for friends and family to say their goodbyes in a moving ceremony at the Terrell ISD Performing Arts Center.

Hasse was remembered as a fierce fighter for justice and a highly competitive lawyer — both in private practice and during his tenure in public service in the Dallas and Kaufman County district attorney offices.

But family and friends also remembered the man outside of the courtroom — the friend, the son and brother, and the pilot. Hasse was described as a man who was just as caring as he was intelligent.

"The thing about Mark was, he'd give you the answer before you could get out the question," recalled brother Paul Hasse.

"I would rather be in a courtroom right now with Mark than I would being in this room," added attorney and colleague Marcus Busch.

The reward for finding Hasse's killer now stands at $71,000, and is expected to grow.

Investigators have reviewed surveillance tape from the area, and they said they are continuing to follow up on any leads.

A number of different law enforcement agencies are working together in the search for the killer.

E-mail tunger@wfaa.com

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