Sentinel staff report–
Community leaders gathered outside San Juan High School on Friday to dedicate a memorial bench in honor of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Stasyuk, who was killed in the line of duty in 2018.
Plans for the memorial bench were first announced in 2019 by the Citrus Heights Police Foundation, but the dedication was delayed due to the pandemic.
San Juan High School Alumni Association Vice President Larry Fritz said attendees at Friday’s dedication included Vice Mayor Porsche Middleton, Police Chief Alex Turcotte, and Pastor Ilya Manzyuk, who was Stasyuk’s best friend at San Juan High School and in college. Members of Stasyuk’s family were also in attendance.
Stasyuk was raised in Citrus Heights and graduated from San Juan High School, before joining the sheriff’s department. He was killed on Sept. 17, 2018, after being fired upon while responding to a disturbance call outside an auto parts store on Folsom Boulevard.
Inmate records indicate the suspect, Anton Lemon Paris, is still being held in the Sacramento County Main Jail on three felony charges, including murder and attempted murder. His next court date is listed for Jan. 5, 2022.