27-year-old Fernando Arroyos, killed in an armed robbery on Monday while he was free.
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From Arroyo’s Police Academy classmates to the colleagues he worked with on the streets of LA, the LAPD’s men and women stood side by side outside the Olympic station mourning the loss of a bright young officer who had been stationed here for three years.
“When you work side by side with someone and suddenly they’re not there, it hits close to home,” said 27-year-old Arroyos’ training officer, Luis Interiano.
Many of the officers present at the guard said they see a small piece of themselves in Arroyos, whose lifelong dream was to make the community he grew up in a little bit safer.
“We grew up in LA, like I went to school two blocks from here. So we do our job with pride,” Iteriano said.
Arroyos also wanted to have the pride of ownership. While not at work Monday, he was on a house hunt with his girlfriend when investigators said three men in a pickup truck tried to rob the couple. Arroyos died in an exchange of fire.
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“We will never forget. We will carry him in our work, and that just confirms for us that this work means something,” said LAPD chief Michel Moore.
An emotionally charged Moore would not go into detail about four people now arrested in connection with Arroyo’s murder. The boss only said that when all the evidence is presented to the public, it will be clear that Arroyos was an innocent victim of one of the more and more violent street robberies that have plagued the city.
“The proportion of robberies where people carry weapons has increased much more. And every single one of these cases, hundreds of more cases of robbery, now having a gun in the suspect’s hand, instead of a fist or bodily force, can have these types of tragic outbursts, ”Moore said.
Arroyo’s mother said she believes her son’s killers were after his necklace.
“It’s my boy, it’s my little baby,” she said. “A chain. That chain is $ 200.”
She said I could not believe anyone would take his life for so little.
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