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Tsongas Expresses Sadness At Officer’s Death

March 7, 1992

MIAMI (AP) _ Democratic presidential candidate Paul Tsongas on Saturday expressed ″deep sadness″ over the death of a police officer killed while providing escort assistance to the former Massachusetts senator’s motorcade.

Officer Kevin Matthews was killed Friday night when he was hit by a limousine that was not part of the motorcade and thrown 30 feet into a sign pole.

″I want to express my deep sadness over the death of Officer Kevin Matthews. I did not know Kevin but we are now linked forever,″ Tsongas said, reading from a statement.

″My heart goes out to his wife, Diane, and his family. His death at such a young age will be impossible to truly understand ... Hopefully, Kevin’s dedication will give comfort to all of us and his memory will be truly honored.″

Tsongas planned to visit with Mrs. Matthews later Saturday, aides said.

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