EL PASO — Law enforcement officers joined family and friends to pay their respects to Officer Angel Garcia at his burial Friday. The 27 year-old police officer was killed on Sunday after he pulled over on I-10 to remove a ladder that had fallen on the road. A four car collision followed and one of those cars hit Garcia. It happened on I-10 East at Hawkins.
"I can only imagine how the family feels. I always think about the mother. And so, we're here for support," said Grace Concha.
On Thursday evening, Marines stood together outside the Funeraria Del Angel Martin funeral home to greet mourners, who came to honor a police officer hit and killed by a car on the freeway.
"He used to be one of my waiters. Very beautiful person. He would do everything for you without you asking him for it. He was very open hearted, outgoing and we're going to miss him," said Enrique Almanza, a former employer.
An American flag raised in Officer Garcia's honor blew calmly in the wind. The former US Marine, who had graduated from the police academy just nine months ago, was a patrolman with the Mission Valley Regional Command. While he always wanted to be a policeman, friends say he also loved spending time with his family.
"Mike, the dad, just got an old Cadillac. A '65 Cadillac and he was fixing it up and he used to say that his son used to just enjoy driving the car, and that Mike would sit in the back, and they both enjoyed the trip," said family friend, Robert Barcenas.
Angel Garcia's family released the following statement:
"We are saddened by the loss of our beloved son Angel David Garcia. Angel pursued his long-time dream of being a police officer with a positive and giving attitude. He loved life, his family, and most of all serving his country and community. Thank you for your prayers, words of comfort, and peace of mind that there are so many good people in our community that step forward with kindness during a time of tragedy. We pray for all public servants, military personnel, their families, and are grateful to have a very supportive police department."