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Family and friends hold memorial on first anniversary of Officer Ortiz's death

Family and friends hold memorial on first anniversary of Officer Ortiz's death

Dozens gathered to remember fallen police Officer David Ortiz on first anniversary of his death.

Family members, friends and fellow officers came together at the intersection of Lee Trevino and Vista del Sol drives, where Ortiz was struck and killed while on his motorcycle.

John Paul Perry, who is identified by police as a Barrio Azteca prison gang member, was charged with Ortiz’s death.

Ortiz was stopped at a red light when Perry hit him with his vehicle, causing the fiery crash.

Perry took a plea deal in the case and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Cmdr. Juan Briones from the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center said Ortiz will always be remembered.

“David was a very likeable person. He has a very strong family and a lot of police officers that care for David,” Briones said.

Ortiz was with the El Paso Police Department for nine years. He was the newest member of the traffic unit at the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center when the crash happened. The 45-year-old officer left behind a wife and two children.

A sign was put up in honor of Ortiz at the intersection months after his death.

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