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LAPD honors Roybal

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By John Severance

It’s been a tough week for the Los Alamos Police Department as it mourns the passing of Corporal Alfred Roybal, who died on a camping trip in Angel Fire last week.

One of the ways LAPD is coping is that it is honoring the fallen officer this week.

“Sometimes you feel OK and then there is shock,” Sgt. Jeremy Duran said. “You try to grasp the concept that he is no longer here. Doing all this stuff helps and we want to give him that one last send-off.”

When Roybal passed in Taos, LAPD immediately sent a couple officers to escort the body to Albuquerque to the Office of Medical Investigation.

On Saturday, Roybal’s body was released from OMI and transported to Española to DeVargas Funeral Home with an escort from LAPD.

Wednesday night, LAPD will take part in a procession from DeVargas Funeral Home to Northern New Mexico College and the back as a public visitation will take place.

“We will have officers on either side of his casket,” Duran said. “When his casket is brought into the gym, we will have officers on either side kind of like a gauntlet.”

The same thing will happen Thursday at the funeral. There will be a procession from the funeral home to the La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Cañada. And then there will be a procession to the burial at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Santa Cruz.

“There will be a last call on the radio,” Duran said. “That will be the final send-off.

Duran said the state police, and officers from Santa Fe Police Department, Espanola, Rio Arriba and Santa Clara will help with the procession.

Duran also said LAPD will have its own honor guard and other departments from around the state will also pitch in.
State Police crews will be in the area Wednesday night and Thursday taking calls as LAPD officers attend the services.

LAPD, meanwhile, is collecting donations for the Roybal family. Donations are being requested to help the family collect funds urgently needed to cover funeral expenses this week.

LAPD has set up an account at Los Alamos National Bank; individuals can ask to contribute to the Corporal Alfred Roybal Memorial Fund.

“Corporal Roybal served our community for 11 years,” Duran said. “Now, his family needs our help. We want to assist them in paying for these unexpected funeral expenses, so that they can spend the time they need with their loved ones instead of having financial worries. This is a tragic event and we are all deeply saddened at this loss, but those of us at LAPD are dedicated to doing all that we can to help the family get through these difficult times. I hope that everyone will take just a few minutes this week and stop by to make a donation at LANB.”

The funeral for Roybal, Jr., 36, is scheduled for Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada. Burial will follow at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Santa Cruz.

Public visitation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Northern New Mexico Community College with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.

Roybal is survived by his wife, Katya; parents, Alfred and Beatrice; children, Kaitlyn, Mateo, Nicolas and John.