Child offers allowance after Texas officer's funeral
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A child offered a small gesture to show her gratitude to law enforcement

By Mike Parker
Austin American-Statesman

ROUND ROCK, Texas — The morning after a procession led fallen Round Rock police officer Charles Whites through downtown to his final resting place, a child offered a small gesture to show her gratitude to law enforcement.

Police found a small envelope slid under the front door of Round Rock police headquarters early Thursday morning, police spokesman Nick Olivier said. Inside was a letter written in pencil with four one-dollar bills.

Officer Charles Whites died on April 27 from wounds suffered while serving at a traffic incident on Feb. 25. (Photo/Round Rock PD)
Officer Charles Whites died on April 27 from wounds suffered while serving at a traffic incident on Feb. 25. (Photo/Round Rock PD)

“Thank you for everything you do,” it reads. “I’m sorry to hear about officer Whites. I wanted to donate my allowance. Love, Ximena.”

With no return address on the letter, the Police Department thanked Ximena on Twitter.

Olivier said the Police Department has received numerous well wishes and donations following the untimely death of Whites, who died on April 27 from wounds suffered while serving at a traffic incident on Feb. 25.

A driver later identified as Raul Martinez drove into Whites while he was directing traffic, according to an arrest affidavit. Martinez faces a charge of intoxication assault causing bodily injury.

Law enforcement from throughout Texas paid final respects to Whites during his funeral service on Wednesday at Shoreline Church. The service followed by police honors and a procession through downtown Round Rock.

Olivier said police Chief Allen Banks saw Ximena’s note and said, “It’s why we do what we do.”

“The outpouring of support has been tremendous,” Olivier said.

©2018 Austin American-Statesman, Texas

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