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Fallen SAPD Officer Miguel Moreno Laid To Rest

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
Members of the SAPD Honor Guard lift the casket containing the body of Officer Miguel Moreno

Fallen San Antonio Police Officer Miguel Moreno was laid to rest today. Hundreds of law enforcement officers, friends, family, and supporters celebrated his life.

32-year-old Officer Miguel Moreno was a graduate of Lanier High School on San Antonio’s Westside. He joined SAPD in 2008 and worked the B Shift at Central Patrol. His fellow officers called him “Mo.” His younger brother Arturo followed in his footsteps, also joining SAPD.  During Friday’s service at Community Bible Church, Arturo Moreno described his brother as compassionate and caring.

“Miguel was intelligent, independent, very competitive, self driven individual and lived his life to the fullest. He had a passion for fishing, loved to travel, and enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle,” Arturo Moreno said.

Miguel Moreno was shot during a suspicious persons call last Thursday and died the following morning. He’s the second San Antonio Police Officer to be killed in line of duty in the past eight months. Officer Benjamin Marconi was shot and killed in a similar style last November. Moreno’s funeral falls on the one year anniversary of the ambush shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers. At Moreno’s funeral Governor Greg Abbott said respect for law enforcement must be restored.

“No more will we tolerate disrespect for those who serve. We must do all that we can to protect those who protect us.”

Outside the church surrounded by saluting officers, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus retired Moreno’s badge.

McManus said Moreno was part of the fabric of central B Shift. He says after years of police officer’s being ridiculed, it’s time to speak up.

“I’m tired of being politically correct about this issue, because it’s putting our police officers in danger. I want to put people on notice that we’re not going to stand back and not saying anything, we’re not going to stand back and not do anything.”

Officer Julio Cavazos, who responded to same call with Moreno was injured but is out of the hospital and recovering.