ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The community is preparing for Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster’s funeral Tuesday morning. In a broad show of support, blue ribbons and signs are going up all around the city.
The service will take place at 11 a.m. at the Kiva Auditorium in downtown Albuquerque. Law enforcement from across the country, family and friends will gather to honor the fallen officer, and celebrate his life.
“We just wanted to say a little prayer for the officer’s family that they stay strong,” said Melinda Tenorio.
Officer Webster’s memorial near Eubank and Central is growing. “We lit candles, and we just said a prayer and we wanted to show our kids what it meant to pay tribute to a fallen officer,” said Tenorio.
Even those who never met the officer are planning to attend his funeral Tuesday morning.
Members of the public are already lining his procession route with blue ribbons and signs of support.
“Me as a wife, it’s hard now because I think I’ve taken it for granted, and so to see that it really can come down to this really hit home,” Theresa Schmitz told KRQE News 13.
Schmitz is married to an Albuquerque Police officer. Her group, “Pink Behind the Blue,” made ribbons and signs with donated materials.
“The goal that we have is to kind of unite the community in helping out with this,” said Schmitz.
The nearly nine-year APD vet was shot during a traffic stop, and died last week at the hospital.
“With this being a hard time, APD’s morale is really low, and the community needs to step in and boost their morale and show them that they do care for them,” said Benjamin Fulkerson.
Fulkerson also made signs and put them up along the procession route on Alameda. He and others will pass out flags during the procession.
A motorcade will escort the officer’s body after the service around 12:30 p.m. from the Kiva Auditorium to Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho.
- The Procession will leave the Convention Center and travel west on Marquette from 3rd St.
- Turn right on 5th (north)
- Turn right on Roma (east)
- Stop in front of the Main for Final Dispacth
- Turn left on 4th (north)
- Turn right on Lomas (east)
- Turn right on Broadway (south)
- Turn left on M.L.K. (east)
- Turn left on to I25 (north)
- Exit at Alameda
- Turn left onto Alameda (west)
- Travel west to Hwy 528
- Stay on Hwy 528 (north)
- Turn right on Sara (east)
- Turn right on Meadowlark (south)
- Turn into Vista Verde Memorial Park in Rio Rancho.
A special “honor flag” that’s traveled the nation to honor fallen heroes will stay with Officer Webster until he’s buried.
While the community mourns, the hope is that Webster’s family will feel the love.
“I hope they feel a giant hug and that our city loves them,” said Schmitz. “I can’t even imagine what they’re going through, but I hope that this helps just a little bit.”
The funeral will begin at the Kiva Auditorium Tuesday at 11 a.m. The public is asked to be seated in the auditorium no later than 10:30 a.m.
People can also line the procession route, but police are asking the public not to stop along the highway.
APD headquarters and all area command substations will be closed Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, so that officers may attend the service. All APD locations will re-open at 2:00 p.m.
Metro Court will also be closed Tuesday for the funeral.