Gov. Greg Abbott issues statement on fallen Abilene police officer

"Detective Ybarra had a tremendous impact on her community."

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Governor Greg Abbott is offering his condolences to the Abilene Police Department in light of the recent death of fallen officer Detective Elise Ybarra. 

“Through her service with the Abilene Police Department, Detective Ybarra had a tremendous impact on her community. This loss is heartbreaking for those who worked with and knew Detective Ybarra, and her dedication and commitment to public safety will never be forgotten. Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences and ask that all Texans take a moment to pray for the family, friends and her brothers and sisters in blue,” Gov. Abbott said in a statement to KTAB and KRBC. 

Detective Ybarra was killed in a crash involving two other Abilene police detectives on August 6, 2017.

The trio was headed to a Crimes Against Children conference in Dallas when their vehicle, driven by Detective Ybarra, was struck by a pickup on Interstate 20 in Clyde.

Detective Ybarra was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. The two other detectives, Detective Chris Milliron and Detective Robert Collins, were transported to the hospital and are expected to survive their injuries. 

Anyone who wishes to leave donations benefiting the husband and 10-month-old baby girl of Detective Ybarra can get more information at this link


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