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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Slain EPA Officer Remembered

Last night we recalled the difficult events of two years ago...  The photo is the widow of slain East Palo Alto officer Richard May at last night's memorial. The Palo Alto Daily News reports:
"Besides marking the beginning of a new year, the month of January in East Palo Alto has become a reminder of how quickly violence can take lives.

Two years ago Monday, police Officer Richard May was allegedly gunned down by Alberto Alvarez, a now 24-year-old member of the East Palo Alto-born and -bred Sacramento Street Gang. Alvarez was on parole at the time and is awaiting trial.

About 60 people gathered at the St. Francis of Assisi Church to remember May, a man who friends and family said cared deeply about East Palo Alto and the residents he was hired to serve and protect.

His widow, Diana, told the crowd that she was perusing his old laptop, on which he did all of his police work, when she realized how attached her husband had become to the city.

"He had plans for East Palo Alto," she said. "If he had not been killed, I believe he would have made some changes."

On the day he was killed, May was responding to reports of a fight at a University Avenue taqueria when he encountered Alvarez, who allegedly shot him after a short foot pursuit. The subsequent 14-hour manhunt for May's killer ended when police found Alvarez hiding in a car near the crime scene."

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