• Thousands attend memorial service for fallen Kent police officer Diego Moreno

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff , Associated Press


    KENT, Wash. - A memorial was held Tuesday to pay tribute to a Kent police officer who was killed during a police chase last week.

    Photos: Procession for fallen officer Diego Moreno

    Kent Police Officer Diego Moreno was on foot deploying spike strips to slow a truck during a police chase July 22. He was fatally struck by a patrol car involved in the chase.

    >> Photos: Memorial grows for Kent officer killed in line of duty 

    The state alleges that the occupants of the truck -- the driver and the two other passengers -- illegally possessed several guns and fired off numerous rounds in a parking lot, before fleeing and attempting to evade the police. 

    A procession of more than 700 vehicles from about 50 agencies -- some from Oregon and California -- moved through the streets before a 1 p.m. memorial service at accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, south of Seattle.

    Members of the public, some holding flags, lined Fourth Avenue to pay their respects as the vehicles made their way to ShoWare.

    The fallen officer is an eight-year veteran of the force and a Venezuela native. In his time on the force, he received two Lifesaving Awards and two Exceptional Duty Awards. He is survived by his wife and two young children. 

    The 16-year-old driver of the truck involved in the police chase has been charged with second-degree felony murder.

    The other two juvenile passengers are charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and one is also charged for possession of controlled substances. Click here for more information. 

    A GoFundMe account has been set up to assist officer Moreno's family. 

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