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LA County undersheriff found dead

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By The Staff

Los Alamos County Undersheriff John Horne has died.

Sheriff Marco Lucero released a statement Friday evening. Horne was found in his home early Friday afternoon by his father.

"Undersheriff Horne was an honorable man who served the community," Lucero said. "His Christian faith was his anchor, and we know that he is being welcomed into the Kingdom."

Horne was an active member of Lucero's team, and a contributing member of the community. Last year, he participated in a crime discussion panel where he and other members of the community talked about issues of crime and homelessness in Los Alamos. 

Horne urged the community to find local solutions, especially when it came to homelessness of local residents.

"There was a situation where we had to evict a person and there was absolutely no place for them to go. This was in the wintertime and we have to have some place to take them. We eventually ended up taking her to Santa Fe, but even there she was out of her element and put more stress on her, increasing the problems with her mental health issues," Horne said. "I think there would be a room or two the county can get their hands on to house them."

In the release sent to media Friday, Lucero asked for the community's good thoughts and prayers for Horne's father.