Elise Ybarra memorial service draws police and public together

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - Leading up to Elize Ybarra's memorial service, as cars began filling the lot of the Beltway Park Church, preparations were underway to honor Detective Ybarra.

The Patriot Guard Riders of Abilene were out early, setting out flags, nearly seventy of them. They also stood by to help all who came into the church.

Ray Boyd, of the Patriot Guard, says that this is "our small way of giving back and showing our respect" to the fallen.

Police officers from across the state represented their departments as they showed solidarity and support during a time that each officer finds hard.

Lt. Johnny Levario of the Sheriff's Office Honor Guard noted, "we all feel the pain of losing somebody." He went on to say that the honor guard does not "expect anything in return for this", and adds, "we want them to know they have a family behind them to support them."

Abilene City Manager Robert Hanna summed up the outpouring of support from the city, law enforcement, and the community, saying "You always see law enforcement come out to support their own. Cities take care of their own. And that is something that I think you're seeing here today."


 


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