El Paso, TX — While the immediate family did not feel ready to talk to the media about their beloved Officer Jonathan Molina...some of his friends did speak to News Channel Nine about Molina's dedication to the community.
The El Paso Fire Department raised a flag to honor Officer Molina at his rosary Thursday afternoon. He was a former marine and most recently an El Paso Police officer for the last 4 years.
Molina died from his injuries he got off duty, after he was allegedly attacked by 17-year-old Juan Gonzalez on September 25th. He had confronted Gonzalez and his two friends, after Gonzalez keyed his car.
Officer Molina was born and raised in El Paso and graduated from Austin High School where he had good friends, some of which came to today's rosary.
"Sad, but you know I know he's in a better place so I have a lot of good memories with him in high school playing football with him.So you know I'm proud of him and my prayers go out to him and his family," said Jaime Fraire, a high school teammate of Molina's.
"He's a funny guy, always made you laugh.These are the memories I have about him," said Fraire.
The last time Gabriel Hernandez saw Molina was at the UTEP vs. NMSU football game, about a month ago.
"He gave his life, his time, his services for the community and his country and obviously somebody like that has to be remembered because there's not a lot of people like that. In this case he was just really a good person," said Hernandez.
El Paso PD spokesperson and retired police officer, Daryl Petry says its always going to hurt.
"It's tragic when you lose somebody who like I said, that symbol of hope, that symbol of integrity, that symbol of service to the community," said Petry.
17-year-old Gonzalez is now facing capital murder charges. Jonathan Molina's funeral is Friday at 12:30 at St. Patrick's church.