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"We're holding up" says parents of fallen NCPD officer Ryan MacCluen

Officer Ryan MacCluen (Provided)

On Monday, Shawn and Mark Kahn prepared to say goodbye to their son.

North Charleston Police Officer 31-year-old Ryan MacCluen died in a motorcycle accident last Thursday. He was off-duty at the time.

"We are holding up," said Mark. "The support that we've gotten from the community has really been what's allowed us to work through a really difficult time."

His parents said their hearts are both shattered and beaming with pride. They said he came to Charleston to attend the Citadel. They added a pervasive knee injury kept him on and off his feet for the last decade, but eventually he found his purpose.

"He felt he was making a difference. He wanted to get one more gun off the street," Shawn said. "He wanted to make things better, and he wanted to be a North Charleston police officer, not any other police officer, he chose North Charleston."

MacCluen died after a two-vehicle wreck in Summerville. The Kahns faced the person arrested and charged with felony DUI in his death—a woman they forgive.

"We want to extend our grace to her and her family," said Shawn.

"We're not mad. We're sad for the situation but at the same time, if it was truly an accident, that's what it was," Mark said.

The funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville.

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