Mission, Texas – On June 20, 2019, Corporal Jose “Speedy” Luiz Espericueta, 43, was murdered in the line of duty. Jose and his fellow officers made a pact a few weeks before his death that if anything happened to one of them, the rest would take care of their families. The officers of the Mission police, Border Patrol, and Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office made good on the promise when they showed up at Espericueta’s son Joaquin’s first football game on September 21. (Blue Lives Matter) Officers encourage the family when they appear at events.
Joaquin was amazed to notice the “sea” of law enforcement at his game. A helicopter flew overhead in honor of Joaquin’s father. Police even accompanied him to center field for the coin toss. Local team officials let him be honorary Captain for the game. And his team won…
Officers encourage the rest of the family as well. They plan to be with Espericueta’s widow, Bonnie, when she graduates from college to pursue her dream to become a school principal.. They also escorted his daughter when she moved to San Antonio for college.
Mission ?? officers vowed to take care of Cpl. Espericueta’s family. They kept that promise as they showed up for Joaquin’s 1st football ? game. Speedy’s son was named honorary capt. So many officers & city leaders were there to support! #ThisIsForSpeedy ? pic.twitter.com/Mg6fPzp9kY
— City of Mission, TX (@CityOfMissionTX) September 21, 2019
#RGV Sector #BorderPatrol agents joined local police officers today to support the son of fallen hero, Cpl. Joey “Speedy” Espericueta. A sea of law enforcement watched Joaquin who was named honorary captain for his first 7th grade football game! #BackTheBlue #HonorFirst pic.twitter.com/SaMWFbbIr8
— CBP RGV (@CBPRGV) September 22, 2019
Cpl Espericueta was killed when he responded to assist other officers with a report of a man shooting at his mother’s car. When the suspect began to run from police, he turned and fired at the police Corporal, who was struck. Police returned fire and hit the suspect, Juan Carlos Chapa Jr, who had a “lengthy criminal record.” Both Corporal Espericueta and suspect were transported to the hospital, but both succumbed to their injuries.
Law enforcement from three agencies banding together to assist the family of their fallen colleague is a beautiful thing.
“We made a promise to the family that we’re gonna be there for special events. Being the first football game, we gathered agencies from across the valley to let him know that we’re still there, even though his dad’s not…We’ve been there, with the family, every step of the way.We’re trying to fill the gap.” Mission Police Officer Javier Lara
Featured photo via Twitter