Motorcade escorts slain officer home to Nogales

Motorcade escorts slain officer home to Nogales
(Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Tucson News Now)

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - More than a hundred local, state and federal law enforcement officers escorted the body of Office Jesus Cordova from Tucson to Nogales Monday afternoon.

Families and individuals living in Santa Cruz County watched as the white hearse pulled into Martinez Funeral Chapel.

Abraham Sneed works next door to the funeral home. He said he wasn't close to Cordova but he knew him. Even if he didn't Sneed said he wold still be outside the facility watching the procession.

"It's important to go out and show the police department and all of law enforcement that, you know, we have their backs too," he said. "They have ours, we have theirs, and we're here for them."

Lucy Isler missed the motorcade but she stopped by the memorial for Cordova where he was shot Friday afternoon. She said she always recognized Cordova when he was working because of his smile. To her, he stood out as an exceptional officer and individual.

The suspect arrested for Cordova's death, David Ernesto Murillo, is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday. He's being held without bond on numerous charges, including murder.

Isler said her mind is already made up about Murillo.

"I hope that this guy, he's never going out...or maybe they give him the death penalty," she said.

Nogales Police Department announced the following services for Officer Cordova at Nogales High School:

- Friday, May 4 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. a public viewing

 - Saturday May 5 10 a.m. a public mass

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