Law enforcement, community salute fallen deputy during funeral

El Paso News

The community is mourning the death of El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Herrera and showing support at the funeral mass and burial on Friday.

People from across the community and law enforcement from across Texas, New Mexico, and some from New York attended the funeral to pay their respects to Deputy Herrera and his family.

The funeral, which was held at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church, was filled with friends, family, and hundreds of law enforcement officers.

Many attendees listened to the mass from outside the East El Paso church while large American flags flew in Deputy Herrera’s honor.

When the procession left the church, the hearse was followed by Deputy Herrera’s unit with his wife in the vehicle.

My heart is out for them. He was helping out the community. Helping out in life, said Ruben Pino, a veteran who waiting along the route to see the procession.

Dozens of law enforcement units followed made their way past Del Valle High School, Herrera’s alma mater. Hundreds more lined the streets to say a final farewell.

We can come together as a community so that the law enforcement can see that not everyone is against them. That they do have the support, said Francisco Abarro, a former classmate who wanted to show support.

The procession ended at Evergreen Cemetery on Montana near Loop 375 where Herrera was buried.

Herrera was shot Friday during a traffic stop in San Elizario. He was in the hospital for two days before he died of cardiac arrest Sunday.

Deputy Herrera was 35 years old.

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