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Hundreds of people gathered in El Monte, California, to remember two police officers who were killed in a shooting last week.

“Until the last moment of their lives, Mike and Joseph proved that they were charismatic,” Ben Lori, acting El Monte police chief, said on Saturday’s wake-up call. “He was the best of us. He was the greatest of us. I’m a good man who knows each of them.”

El Monte CPL Michael Paredes, 42, and officer Joseph Santana, 31, were shot dead after responding to a report of an attack on a motel last Tuesday evening. Parades and Santana contacted the suspect, Justin William Flores, 35, who led the shooting.

Two officers were pronounced dead at a local hospital in Los Angeles, while Flores committed suicide by firing a shot, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Officials say

A vigil was held Saturday evening at El Monte Civic Center where the families of the dead officers read the men’s memoirs, other law enforcement officers paid their respects, and leisure dogs were present to support the bereaved.

The city of El Monte announced that Corporal Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana were killed in the line of duty.

The city of El Monte announced that Corporal Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana were killed in the line of duty.
(El Monte City)

At one point, the child’s brother-in-law read a letter written by the widow of the fallen officer to the crowd.

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“I miss you every inch of my body is broken,” Mark Jimenez said as he read his sister’s letter. “I miss your kisses, your hugs, your voice. I miss watching you play with the kids.”

“I never knew this level of pain existed.”

Pardes ’sister also spoke at the Jagran event and celebrated her brother’s“ huge heart ”.

“Michael’s heart was very big,” said Melissa Valencia, Paredes’ sister. “A big hug for everyone, and the perfect smile for which he was known to all.”

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The murder has sparked outrage among Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon, whose suspect was a member of the gang who was on probation at the time of the shooting, and was asked by Gascon’s office for weapons charges.

This photo, provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shows Justin William Flores, the alleged gunman in the Southern California shooting that killed two police officers on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in El Monte, California.  Flores was identified as the suspect.  Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.  (California Department of Reform and Rehabilitation via AP)

This photo, provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shows Justin William Flores, the alleged gunman in the Southern California shooting that killed two police officers on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in El Monte, California. Flores was identified as the suspect. Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. (California Department of Reform and Rehabilitation via AP)
(California Department of Reform and Rehabilitation via AP)

“I blame Gascon for the death of my son and his spouse,” Santa’s mother Olga Garcia told a news conference last week. “Gascon will never know how I feel. Gascon will never know how he ruined our families. He will never know how his (children’s) children feel. We need to be held accountable for our actions. We need law and order. “

Hundreds gather for the El Monte CPL commemoration.  Michael Parades and officer Joseph Santana killed in the shooting.

Hundreds gather for the El Monte CPL commemoration. Michael Parades and officer Joseph Santana killed in the shooting.
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Attempts to recall Gascon are currently underway, and supporters of the movement appear to be waking up to calls for Gascon to be recalled “now”.