Third Odessa Police Officer Laid to Rest - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/18/07

Third Odessa Police Officer Laid to Rest

Tuesday night, a final goodbye to the third fallen police officer from Odessa.

Corporal Abel Marquez died at a Lubbock hospital last week, just days after he was shot during a standoff in Odessa. His fellow officers, Corporals "Arlie Jones" and "Scott Gardner" died at the scene.

In Odessa Tuesday, it a somber farewell that is uniting law enforcement agencies from across the region.

It's a sound that has become all too familiar in Odessa. For the third time in two weeks, hundreds are lining the street to pay respect to a fallen officer.

It's a funeral that has brought Lubbock authorities and law enforcement from across the region to Odessa once again. This time, to honor Corporal Abel Marquez.

"Whether it's a one man department or 4,000 people, we're close, and this time we happen to be neighbors so we did what we could," Lamesa PoliceChief Richard Garcia said.

"You know it's a brotherhood. We try to help each other out," Lubbock Sheriff's Office Cpt. Tony Menchaca said.

From the church to the cemetery cars stopped along the road, some with flags waving, a tribute to the man who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

"The community support, it's tremendous.  It's been tremendous," Chief Garcia said.

Whether they knew him or not, you can see hundreds in some way felt personally connected to Corporal Abel Marquez, a man whose heroic call to duty has not only impacted but obviously strengthened the bond between those serving in the law enforcement community.

A man who will also be remembered as a husband to one, father of two, and hero to many.

Nearly $100,000 has been raised for the families of the three fallen officers.

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