MISSION, Texas — Palm Valley Church in Mission reached its maximum capacity this morning. Nearly 2,000 people including law enforcement officers and an entire community were in attendance to honor the life of Corporal Jose Luis Espericueta.
Officer Javier Lara, Mission PD, “He love his job, and everyone knows he loved his job. He had a passion for it, from commercial motor vehicles to accident reconstructionist.”
Corporal Espericueta was shot and killed in the line of duty on the evening of June 20. One of his best friends remembers a conversation between the two only a week before that deadly night.
“Hey Lara let’s go take funeral pictures. I go, bro people go take portraits not funeral pictures. Why would you want to do that? He goes bro, dude we’re going to have a hard time finding a picture that’s decent. Fast forward a week, we can’t find a picture.”
Lara promising Espericueta’s wife and kids to be there in major upcoming events like his daughter’s first day of college next month, his wife Master’s Degree ceremony, and his son’s first football game.
“I promise, we will be there all the way.”
The love and support the community has for Espericueta was evident in the church. The walls lined with flower arrangements from families, local businesses and police departments from all across the country.
Victor De Leon, brother-in-law, “Joey without a doubt would be humbled at the tremendous outpouring of support from across the nation and in awe to be at the center of a send-off so fit for a hero.”
Mission Police ended the ceremony with a 21 gun salute.
Mission Police Dispatch gave these final words:
“Speedy fought a great battle till the very end he left his life in the line while serving the community he loved with courage and valor. All units please stop for a moment of silence.”
Hidalgo County Sheriff’s deputies, the Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Weslaco Police officers responded to all of Mission Police calls for service this morning so as all of Mission PD could attend the ceremony.