MISSION, Texas (KVEO) — Nearly a year ago the city of Mission was shaken to its core, as Corporal Jose Luis “Speedy” Espericueta paid the ultimate sacrifice for his community.
Friday morning, the national non-profit, End of Watch Ride to Remember, will make a pit stop in Mission to remember and celebrate the life of Corporal Espericueta.
The organization crisscrosses across the nation in honor of fallen police officers. They will arrive at Mission Police Headquarters at 9 a.m., where they will lead a caravan through the city.
The caravan will include a trailer filled with mementos of 146 officers from 2019, including Corporal Espericueta.
“It’s such an honor, it’s such a tribute. As a community as a city, we thank them for taking the time to honor our hometown hero, to celebrate him to celebrate his life. Because after all, he made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us here in this city and in our Rio Grande Valley,” says Roxanne Lerma Casares, Media Relations Director, City of Mission.
Casares adds the loss of Corporal Espericueta had such a profound effect on the entire community, but says through the tremendous outpouring of love and support the community rallied together, joined forces and emerged stronger together.
The public is encouraged to attend, masks and social distancing are being encouraged.
The event will be streamed in this article.