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.
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.