June 3, 2011 in Secure Communities
This is what is in store for MA police officers and residents, unless Governor Patrick implements Secure Communities as he has promised to do but is now dragging his feet. Do we want to wait until a police officer or loved one is killed?
by Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News
HOUSTON—Few things underscore the random nature of death like the orderly precision of a slain police officer’s funeral. Officer Kevin Will’s funeral was no exception.
“A fallen officer. It shouldn’t have happened. It’s a sad day for everybody,” said Roger Solazar, a Metro police officer attending the funeral.
A sad day for everybody — none more so than the officer’s pregnant widow, Alisha Will, and their two children.
In March 2009, Will quit his job in banking and took a pay cut so he could pursue his calling to become a Houston police officer. His career was cut short early Sunday morning, as he worked the scene of a motorcycle accident on the North Loop. Police say a car driven by Johoan Rodriquez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, sped through the barricade, striking Will and dragging his body along the freeway. Investigators say Rodriquez was intoxicated, his blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit.
But it’s what officer Will did in his last moments that made him a hero.
“For it was in his last moment that he decided to lay his life down for another, as he pushed the citizen he was talking to aside to safety, even though it meant he would lose his own life. Kevin is a hero by all standards,” said HPD Chaplin Monty Montgomery.
By all standards, a hero whose legacy will live on, despite his untimely death.
Rodriguez has since been charged with intoxication manslaughter.
Prosecutors claim that Rodriguez had been deported twice and was a member of the MS-13 gang.
Defense attorney Eric Clay admitted that his client had been living in the country illegally, but said he’d been here for most of his life and even attended – but did not graduate from – Sam Houston High School. Clay adamantly denied the prosecution’s allegations that Rodriguez was a gang member.
Rodriguez remained in the Harris County Jail without bond Thursday