Public memorial service held Monday for murdered Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements

'He would want forgiveness,' Clements' widow said

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A public memorial service was held Monday for Tom Clements, the director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, who was shot and killed when he answered his front door in Monument.

"Last Tuesday night, Tom and I were watching TV and the doorbell rang. And my life was forever changed," Clements' widow Lisa said Monday.

The service for Clements, 58, started just after 10 a.m. at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs.

"There is not a single one of us who wants to be here. But there's not a single one of us who'd prefer to be anywhere else," said Pastor Matt Heard.  "Because Tom Clements was a man worthy of honor, in life and in death."

"He was without question one of the finest people I've ever worked with in anything I've ever done," Gov. John Hickenlooper told the crowd.

A private funeral was held for Clements Sunday.

He is survived by a wife and two daughters.

"In the end, we want everyone to know that he lived his life believing in redemption, in the ability of the human heart to be changed." Lisa Clements said.  "He would want justice, but moreover he would want forgiveness. Our family prays for the family of the man who took Tom's life."

Evan Spencer Ebel, killed in a gunfight with Texas authorities Thursday, is a suspect and had been a member of the 211s, a white supremacist prison gang in Colorado. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says the results of ballistics tests are expected this week.

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