Slain Texas MP who was ‘born to be sheriff’ sees legacy endure
By Aaron Martinez
El Paso schedules
EL PASO, Texas – The legacy of fallen El Paso MP Peter Herrera will live on as his family works to ensure his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
âI just want Peter to be always remembered and never forgotten,â said Herrera’s mother Esther Herrera. âPeter loved this community and all he wanted to do since he was little was to be a law enforcement officer. It was his dream and we are so proud of everything he has done. . People talk about criminals all the time, but we rarely hear about officers like Peter who have sacrificed so much for their communities. “
Now, future generations will know the impact on the community that Peter Herrera, who was killed during a traffic stop on March 22, 2019 in San Elizario, had as Del Valle Middle School renamed his library on Wednesday as library. Deputy Sheriff Peter Herrera.
âI think it will inspire the children who come into this library to see how great my son has been in providing a public service to the whole community,â said Herrera’s father Luis Herrera. “It is a very overwhelming feeling that my son is being honored for this beautiful library here, I cannot find the words to express the pain our family has suffered for the past two and a half years.”
Peter Herrera, an 11-year veteran of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, attended Valley View Middle School from 1996 to 1998. The school combined with Camino Real Middle School in 2019 and was renamed Del Valle Middle School.
âAs the leader of this school, it is important that part of the culture we establish for our students is to recognize the values ââand lessons we can learn from the incredible alumni who came before them,â said Amy. Bejerano-Alarcon, principal of Del Valle Middle School. noted. “Because of his bravery, dedication to his work, his family and his community, we will name our campus library after him to honor his memory for generations to come.”
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the community of El Paso continue to mourn the loss of Peter Herrera and will never let his sacrifice be forgotten, El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles said.
“It is the responsibility of the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to ensure that our late hero, Peter J. Herrera, remains in the memory of the agency and the community he has served so dearly. courage, âWiles said. âLocally, there have been memorials dedicated to MP Herrera in addition to the various community events that take place regularly. “
Born to be sheriff
Peter Herrera will be remembered for his love for his family, his dedication to serving his community and bringing a smile to everyone he has met, his family said.
âFor 35 wonderful years we have had Peter,â said Esther Herrera. âThank God for that. He was premature. I could have lost him then, but I had 35 wonderful years. Peter loved life. He loved making everyone laugh and smile. He was a character. was never a dull moment with Peter. “
From the moment he was born, Peter Herrera instantly made an impact on his family, said his aunt, Paulina Hijar, and it didn’t take long for him to figure out what his path in life would be like.
âEver since he was little he knew he wanted to be a sheriff,â Hijar said. âHe used to wear cowboy boots around the age of two, with short shorts and a sheriff’s badge. He put his toy gun in his boots. It’s like he was born. to be a sheriff and he was just an amazing person. He turned out to be an amazing young man. “
And when he realized his dream and became an MP, Hijar said he cared about his community.
âHe would take the shirt off his back for anyone, anyone he didn’t care,â Hijar said. “A stranger came to see me one day and told me he knew Peter. He told me that Peter was patrolling a park when the park was full of kids with kites, but all the kids weren’t there. ‘had no kites. Peter left and came back, opened his trunk with a bunch of kites. Every kid had a kite now. “
The family are now working on creating an annual kite event in honor of Peter Herrera.
Living without stone
Peter Herrera’s memory remains strong with his family, but these memories are also a pain that will never get easier or go away.
âIt’s difficult,â Hijar said. âPeter was my sister’s oxygen. My sister will never be the same again. She lived for him.
Peter Herrera was still smiling, laughing and joking his family, they said.
âHe was a character,â Hijar said. “There are so many amazing times with him. We miss him. He was the most amazing person. We cry every day.”
The family tries to understand the circumstances of the death of the deputy
On March 22, 2019, Peter Herrera stopped a vehicle for having only one headlight and an expired registration, Wiles said at the time of the incident.
The driver of the vehicle reportedly stopped, got out of his vehicle and opened fire on Herrera on Chicken Ranch Road, near Socorro Road. Herrera has been shot several times. The driver and his passenger then fled. The two suspects were subsequently arrested and charged in connection with the death of Peter Herrera.
A driver pulled up, tried to help the MP, and called 911.
Border patrol officers, Texas Department of Public Safety soldiers and sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene and took Peter Herrera to hospital.
He died two days after the shooting.
While Peter Herrera remained in the hospital, Esther Herrera said she was at peace with what could happen to her son.
âI was not in the hospital that day,â Esther Herrera said. âI came home to pick up the dog, but then that door swung open. I was with my friend and we just looked at each other and didn’t want to move. I knew at that moment. “There. I knew. Then she got a call and she said,” Esther, we have to go. They need you in the hospital. “I said,” I already know. I already know. “But I kept that peace in me.”
Esther Herrera said she would never understand the actions of the suspects.
âI was so sorry for what they did to her,â Esther Herrera said. “The way they did that to her. There are times when I have a lot of tears. I say it’s a cascading waterfall because I have a lot of tears. There are times when I don’t. can’t talk about it because I still don’t and will I never understood why they were so angry with my son when he was trying to stop them from maybe having a car accident because they lacked a lighthouse. “
She continued, “And then he was greeted with gunfire. They shot him 15 times. I’ll never understand why.”
As the cases against the alleged shooter and his accomplice await trial, the family await justice as they occasionally chat with officials from the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office.
The COVID-19 pandemic and petitions filed by defendants, including requests for a change of attorney, have continuously delayed the criminal trial.
Officials from the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office could not immediately be reached for comment.
The family declined to comment on the criminal cases against the suspects.
Although criminal cases are ongoing, Peter Herrera’s mother said she forgave the suspects.
“I have already had peace since the day they did this to my son,” Esther Herrera said. “I told Wiles in the hospital that I haven’t been able to see my son yet, I told him I forgive (the alleged shooter), which is true. And I keep forgiving him and I will leave justice do the right thing. they have to do, but I forgive him. “
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