Victims's Families Join Law Enforcement Officials At Meeting

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Nearly 10 years after 10 people were shot to death during one of the most terrifying killing sprees in the nation's history, some of the people whose lives were most directly affected by the DC snipers came together Tuesday night to reflect on those unforgettable 22 days of October 2002.

Charles Moose was Chief of the Montgomery County Police Department back then, and head of the task force that led the wide-ranging sniper investigation.  Now retired and living in Florida, Moose said, for him, the worst of the many terrible sniper attacks was the shooting of a 13 year-old boy on his way to school in Bowie.

"Such a low, low blow," Moose said.

Bob Myers's worst moment -- his worst nightmare, actually -- came two days later.  That's when his brother Dean, a 53-year-old civil engineer, was shot to death while pumping gas near Manassas.

When asked if it seemed like it's been ten years, Myers said, "No, time has gone really, really fast.  It's hard to believe that it has been."

While many of the police officers and federal agents talked about the law enforcement lessons that were learned 10 years ago, Myers said for the families of the victims there was only one real lesson to be drawn from the sniper attacks, and he, for one, has learned that lesson well.  

"You make the most of this day and especially the relationships that you have, because you're not guaranteed another one," Myers said.

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