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Cassandra Hollemon

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Judge Cassandra Hollemon one of the 19 black female judges who were elected to serve in Harris County in November has passed away. She had just won the Harris County Criminal Court at Law Texas No. 12 bench.

Hollemon was 57.

She was only was able to serve a month on the bench before her passing. She was first diagnosed with bronchitis, then it was back pains. It wasn’t until Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 3 that she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, stage four at that.

“Her last week of work was very hard, but she would not call in,” her daughter Brandy said. “I dropped her off because she couldn’t walk. She was wheezing and struggling to breathe.”

“We have lost a promising judge, who had plenty of life experience, and had just realized her dream,” said Harris County District Attorney’s Office Chief of Staff Vivian King, who’d known the judge for years. “She was dedicated to using her new position on the bench to protecting crime victims and ensuring all defendants are treated fairly.”

The Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association took to Twitter to honor Hollemon.

“We are saddened to hear of this sudden loss,” the group tweeted, “and send our deepest condolences to Judge Hollemon’s family and friends.”

RELATED: History: 17 African-American Judges Officially Sworn In As Judges In Harris County

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