Police Escort Daughter Of Slain Officer To School

| by Michael Howard
De Guzman was buried Aug. 4De Guzman was buried Aug. 4

A group San Diego police officers drove sixth-grader Amira De Guzman to school Aug. 8, two weeks after her father was killed in the line of duty.

It was Amira's first day back at school since the death of her father, 43-year-old SDPD Officer Jonathan "JD" De Guzman, according to KNBC.

A video of the drop-off was posted to Heritage Elementary School's Pray4Us Heritage Hawks Facebook page, a prayer group created by parents.

In the video, Amira is seen getting out of one of the police cars and walking toward the school with a smile on her face. She then turns around and hugs several officers, one of whom gives her a kiss on the cheek.

"We'll see you soon, OK?" one officer says.

The school board issued a statement after De Guzman was killed, which they distributed to all parents. They described De Guzman as a "quality, involved parent."

"In full uniform, kids would flock around him," superintendent Francisco Escobedo told KNBC. "He was an active parent, an amazing father. [The city of] Chula Vista is mourning for him."

De Guzman was shot and killed on July 28, along with his patrol partner, 32-year-old Wade Irwin. They had stopped a man to ask whether he lived in the area when the man allegedly drew a firearm and shot both officers dead at point blank range.

The suspect, 52-year-old construction worker Jesse Michael Gomez, pleaded not guilty to the shooting on Aug. 2. He was arraigned from a hospital room, having reportedly been shot by Irwin as he fled the scene.

A memorial service was held for De Guzman on Aug. 4. More than 1,000 people turned up for the 90-minute church ceremony, which pastor Efrain Bautista said was an opportunity for the community to express solidarity with one another.

"This is an opportunity for us as a church to come together and to pray, to support the family, to be together with the widow of Officer De Guzman, but also to be able to come together as a community of faith to pray for peace and for those who have given their lives in service for their country and community," Bautista said, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Sources: KNBC, San Diego Union-Tribune / Photo credit: San Diego Union-Tribune

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