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More than 1,000 people attend a Mass honoring Officer Jesus Cordova, who was fatally shot in his patrol car April 27

By Curt Prendergast
The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson

NOGALES, Ariz. — The hearse carrying the body of Nogales Police Officer Jesus Cordova drove under an enormous U.S. flag hanging from two cranes at the entrance to the town’s high school Saturday morning.

Awaiting the hearse was a white-gloved honor guard of about 100 law enforcement officers from around the state standing at attention. Within an hour, more than 1,000 people had arrived to attend a Mass honoring Cordova.

Cordova was shot and killed in his patrol car April 27 in Nogales while responding to an emergency call about a suspected carjacker armed with a semiautomatic rifle. Cordova was the first Nogales police officer to be shot and killed in more than 100 years.

As the Nogales High School parking lot filled up, the sounds of bagpipes and a choir singing floated out of the school’s auditorium to welcome mourners.


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