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Two-Year Anniversary of Lakewood Officer's Death

Around Ocean County and beyond, community members remember Christopher Matlosz

Many in Ocean and Monmouth counties are excepted today to remember a local police officer – a hero and a friend to many – who died two years ago while serving his community.

Christopher Matlosz, a Lakewood police officer, was killed at age 27 during a Jan. 14, 2011, patrol. He was gunned down by Jahmell Crockam, then 19, who was eventually convicted in connection with the crime.

Matlosz was shot three times while seated in his patrol car, by Crockam, a Lakewood resident. Authorities searched for two days until the suspect was captured in a Camden apartment by a high-risk entry team.

The community has not forgotten Matlosz, as evidenced by the many honors and remembrances held for him in 2011 and 2012. Among them: In May, Matlosz' name was added to the police memorial monument at the Ocean County Police Academy in Lakewood and he was honored at a statewide law enforcement memorial in Ocean Grove. The Lakewood BlueClaws hosted a ceremony honoring the officer prior to one of their home games.

Matlosz' name was also added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. 

i don't get it?? January 14, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Still such chills down my spine when I think about this...my family & I think of him and so many other fallen officers regularly...they are HEROES, and will never be forgotten by those whose lives they've touched...
lacey voter January 14, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Went by so fast..God Bless you Chris
Momere January 15, 2013 at 02:36 AM
Wow! It's been two years! Time goes so fast but I'm sure the pain his fiancee and family deal with is still overwhelming :(. Keeping them in prayer! Still wonder why NJ doesn't have the death penalty!!
shane oneill January 15, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Wow so fast hope that man burns in Hell death penalty isn't good enough for that dirtbag
oldsoldier January 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM
I beleive the death penalty is just what he and other murderers should have. We can then remember the victims, not have to comment or pay any more for the murderers, and get them to hell a lot faster. May this officer r.i.p..
RCL67 January 15, 2013 at 03:43 PM
God bless you Officer Christopher Matlosz.
cheryl lopez January 15, 2013 at 06:04 PM
every day you are remembered when I drive by your house rest in peace Chris
VoiceofReason January 15, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Couldn't agree more! It should be an eye for an eye. This man gets to LIVE after taking the innocent life of another human. It's disgusting that he gets to have a life.
J.JONES January 15, 2013 at 08:23 PM
RIP
none of yobusiness January 15, 2013 at 10:27 PM
I would love to see some old fashion southern justice applied to Crockofshitham. Hang his ass right in the center of Lakewood and leave his carcass there for all to see!
Jersey January 17, 2013 at 01:38 PM
his 'fiance' is engaged, if not married by now. she moved on and doing just fine.
Jersey January 17, 2013 at 02:03 PM
a true hero. RIP.
Kelly Walsifer January 17, 2013 at 08:54 PM
I'm not married and Chris will forever be apart of my life. I think about him everyday and every moment. If you have a problem with me "doing fine" I'm doing exactly what Chris would want me to do. Thanks for your concern.
Stacie Davis January 18, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Jersey, I am deeply offended by your comment that Officer Matlosz's fiancé is engaged, if not married by now and is doing just fine. I, too, lost my fiancé in the line of duty. The fact that you assume that she is "doing just fine" is just ridiculous and ignorant. Do you know her? Do you know the heartache and pain she bears daily because of the loss of the man she planned to spend the rest of her life with? The bottom line is that the pain of that loss never leaves. Never. I can only speak for myself but I know that even though I have moved forward (you never move on) and have found another love, I miss my fiancé with my whole heart. I will always love him and I will always miss him. I will always wonder how my life would be if he was still here. Good for her for being able to find some joy in her life and find love. I know Chris would have wanted her to be loved like that again. As for you, Jersey, where did you get your knowledge of what is and isn't an acceptable amount of time to try to build a new life? Is there some sort of manual on how to go on after a loss like that? If so, I've never been able to find it. God bless you, Chris. You are a HERO. And God bless you Kelly. May your life be filled with joy.
Lauren Michele January 18, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Well said Stacie. My heart goes out to both you and Kelly for your tremendous loss. God bless Chris and your fiancé for the sacrifices they have made which have caused you both such great heartache. As for you jersey, you are an ass and should be completely ashamed of your ignorant comment.
Lisa January 18, 2013 at 02:08 AM
God Bless you Kelly and Stacie. I am so very sorry for the loss that you both had to endure. May the memory of your loved one remain in your heart and they will send you the strength to carry on.
Lisa January 18, 2013 at 02:10 AM
Well said Lauren
Saylind January 18, 2013 at 02:25 AM
Jersey your screen name is a disgrace to this awesome states name. Your ignorant comment towards Kelly is a slap in the face to Chris and his memory as well. She is an amazing beautiful strong person who does not deserve to have to read your stupid and disrespectful comment. This time is hard enough for anyone to get thru, and knowing Chris the little amount of time I had gotten to meet him there is no doubt in my mind he sent her someone to love and lean on so she would continue to live life to the fullest as they did once together. No one ever forgets or moves on from a loss like Kelly has endured. But I for one wish her nothing but happiness and years of support towards living her life as normal as she can from now on. And you should apologize and not hide behind some computer screen being a bully.
Carol Dramis January 18, 2013 at 06:23 AM
I frequently recall the very sad and tragic loss of young officer Chris Matlosz. Chris and Kelly shared such a deep love that even death cannot extinguish it. I frequently travel on Massachusetts Ave when visiting a friend. When driving past the cemetary I often say a prayer for Chris and for his family & his fiance. Their personal tragedy is truly Shakespearean in nature. We all miss this young officer. May God Bless and protect his family, Kelly and all of the officers who protect and serve us daily in our communities. Carol D.
Kelly Zrebiec January 19, 2013 at 07:57 PM
"Jersey" I don't even know how you have the audacity to put fiancé in quatation marks as if there love was anything but the real thing. Kelly was his FIANCÉ and the love of his life. I knew them very well as a couple and they had the real thing. He was a loving giving person who loved life and was so excited to spend the rest of it with Kelly. You have no idea the agony she has been through and she deserves to move on and find love again. She is young, beautiful and full of the same zest for life that Chris had. She can move on whenever she sees fit and it is none of your damn business!! Her getting engaged in no way diminishes her love for Chris. She has honored him and continues to live with the pain of his loss everyday and he would be proud of her. You do not know if she is fine and if you don't know her your comments should be kept to yourself!!
Bowie Thelonius January 19, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Well said!
Bot January 19, 2013 at 10:07 PM
"Jersey"... Why Would You Put Quotations Around Fiancé? After Chris Died, You Think Kelly Photoshopped Some Pics Of A Ring On Her Finger? I Was Chris' "Friend"... In The Past Two Years I've Made A Few More (Something You Wouldn't Be Familiar With) But, That Doesn't Erase Him & Make Our Friendship Non-Existent ... Bag.
jenn June 04, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Im defending Jersey. Sorry but that isn't ridiculous and ignorant. You can't expect no one to say anything when she's married a little two years after her "fiance's" death. If she's going to obsess over it, she shouldn't have "moved on" and got married. Her poor husband shouldn't have to deal with that. Move on when you're ready.
Mark Rios June 06, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I am not defending anyone nor speaking for anyone but, how can you expect a young woman to get on with her life if she is dwelling on a person that is no longer here for her. Its not like they broke up, he was taken violently from her. She needed the closure and this person helped her find some solice in the entire relationship. She will never stop loving Chris, or forget him. I don't think anyone that knew him will ever forget him. But she found someone that respects her past and will help her through difficult times. You should just keep your thoughts to yourself..people "obsess differently" about things. And her Husband is supporting her and her endeavors. Just leave them alone and relax. Sorry you dont feel the same way

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