LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Jones AT&T Stadium was lit up in blue Tuesday night to honor fallen Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East, Jr.
A service was held earlier in the day, 6 p.m. in Memorial Circle.
Texas Tech police officer Floyd East, Jr. was mortally wounded on Monday night, Oct. 9.
Officer East, 48, began his career with the Texas Tech Police Department on December 1, 2014 as a guard at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. While working as a guard, Officer East attended the El Paso Community College Law Enforcement Academy to obtain his Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Basic Peace Officer license. He subsequently graduated from the Police Academy on June 22, 2016. He transferred to the Texas Tech Police Department Lubbock campus on May 1, 2017 as a police officer, completing his Field Training Officer Program on August 31, 2017.
Officer East is survived by his wife, Carmen, and his two daughters, Ana and Monica.
Students are filling up a wall in the Sub with notes of support for the Texas Tech Police Department.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund says Officer East is the 37th law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in 2017 and the eleventh officer fatality from the state of Texas.
DONATE ONLINE: Floyd East, Jr. Memorial Fund
Please contact the following agency to send condolences:
Chief of Police Kyle Bonath
Texas Tech University Police Department
413 Flint Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79415
Phone: (806) 742-3931
Condolences and messages of support are coming in from all over Texas following the tragic shooting of this Texas Tech police officer on Monday night.
Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement on the shooting that occurred at Texas Tech University this evening:
"The family of the deceased officer will be in the prayers of the entire Texas Tech community. in the coming days, we will be offering full support to that family. I want to express my appreciation to the Texas Tech Police Department, the Lubbock Police, the Sheriff's Office and other local state and federal agencies that have assisted in this tragic event," said Lawrence Schovanec, TTU President.
Statement from Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan:
Congressman Jodey Arrington released the following statement:
Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement: