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Ceremony marks 3rd anniversary of Atlanta courthouse shooting

ATLANTA - The widow of a sheriff's deputy killed in a courthouse rampage urged security personnel Tuesday to 'never let your guard down' as victims' relatives gathered at a memorial service on the third anniversary of the shooting spree.

Portraits of the three people killed at the Fulton County Courthouse on March 11, 2005, were unveiled and were expected to be hung on a wall in an atrium inside the courthouse complex.

A federal agent killed a few miles away from the courthouse, David Wilhelm, was previously honored when authorities named an anti-drug task force after him.

The portraits will be taken down during Brian Nichols' murder trial, which resumes July 10, if it is held in the courthouse complex as currently planned, according to Superior Court Judge John Goger.

At the service, Deborah Teasley told a few hundred friends, family and colleagues gathered in the courthouse atrium and on a balcony overhead that her husband, sheriff's Sgt. Hoyt Teasley, was dedicated to his job.

'We have truly missed him in our daily lives over the last three years,' Teasley said.

She said she hopes security improvements at the courthouse and at other courthouses around the country are sufficient to make sure such a tragedy never happens again.

Claudia Barnes, widow of slain Judge Rowland Barnes, said, 'Three years ago my morning began as normal only to turn into an unexpected disaster.' She said friends and family have given her strength since then.