Memorial procession honors slain El Monte police officers

Thousands came out Thursday to pay their respects. Sgt. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana were fatally shot on June 14


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By Brian Rokos
The Orange County Register

EL MONTE, Calif. — The procession to Toyota Arena in Ontario with the bodies of the two El Monte police officers killed in the line of duty began at about 8:15 this morning with residents lining the route to pay their respects.

The memorial service for Sgt. Michael Domingo Paredes, 42, and Officer Joseph Anthony Santana, 31, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

The officers were fatally shot while responding to a report of a possible stabbing when they encountered a gunman inside the Siesta Inn on Garvey Avenue on June 14. Paredes served with the department for more than 20 years; Santana was a one-year veteran of the agency. Paredes was promoted to sergeant after his death.

The procession of vehicles — including families of the officers, local officials and first responders — depart from the El Monte Police Department at about 8:15 a.m., traveling east from Valley Boulevard to Garvey Avenue, and onto the 10 Freeway toward the arena.

A livestream of the service will be available on the City of El Monte‘s Facebook page. The service is not open to the public.

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