Jones AT&T Stadium lit up in blue to honor fallen officer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Jones AT&T Stadium lit up in blue to honor fallen officer

Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East, Jr. (Source: Texas Tech Police Department) Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East, Jr. (Source: Texas Tech Police Department)
Jones AT&T Stadium lit up in blue (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD) Jones AT&T Stadium lit up in blue (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD)
Students put their guns up during moment of silence for Officer Floyd East (Source: Daniel Alvarado, KCBD) Students put their guns up during moment of silence for Officer Floyd East (Source: Daniel Alvarado, KCBD)
Texas Tech student at Memorial Circle Tuesday night (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD) Texas Tech student at Memorial Circle Tuesday night (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD)
From Memorial Circle Tuesday evening (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD) From Memorial Circle Tuesday evening (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD)
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: 

"First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed at Texas Tech University. I have spoken to Chancellor Robert Duncan to offer my condolences, and I have mobilized the Texas Department of Public Safety to offer any assistance to the Lubbock Police Department. As the Texas Tech campus deals with this heartbreaking tragedy, Cecilia and I pray for the continued safety of the students and the entire community."

"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:

"Words can’t express how saddened I am by the tragic loss of one of our Texas Tech University police officers tonight. Terri and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the officer’s family and the Texas Tech University Police Department. I would like to thank Governor Greg Abbott, Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope and all of the law enforcement professionals from across the area who supported our campus during this time of need. Our Texas Tech family is strong and will support each other as we grieve."

Congressman Jodey Arrington released the following statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the police officer who was killed and the entire Texas Tech family. I applaud the quick and effective response from local and state law enforcement officers who prevented further tragedy."

Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement:

"Texans are shocked and saddened by the senseless murder of a courageous Texas Tech University police officer. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with this officer's family and the Texas Tech community today and in the days ahead. I will be in Lubbock today meeting with law enforcement officials and Texas Tech administrators to offer the entire support of this agency to the university and their police department. Please join Angela and me as we pray for all those impacted by this tragedy."

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