ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico couple is fed up with people messing with the memorial they set up for their son, a state police officer who died in the line of duty.
It’s been eight years since New Mexico State Police Officer Chris Mirabal died in a motorcycle crash on the job.
“He worked at the funeral home and one day he said I’m tired of burying them I want to save them so he went from the funeral home to the State Police,” said Robert Mirabal, Chris’ father.
The accident happened on North Scenic Drive in Alamogordo where he hit a curb and then a parked semi-truck.
That’s where a memorial for the officer sits, at least most of the time.
The metal cross has been taken or damaged four times already this year.
But Officer Mirabal’s parents say before that, it had never been touched.
Even cementing the cross into the ground hasn’t been enough to keep the thieves away.
“This last time the cops told us to cement it in so we did and they just twisted it and broke all the things off,” said Corine Mirabal, Chris’ mother.
The family says it’s heartbreaking to drive by and see the cross is gone.
“It gets you kind of mad because it’s a place we come sometimes just to talk to him,” said Robert.
They report it to police each time but so far no one has been caught.
The family says every time someone steals or damages the cross, they put a new one up within a few days.