Classes Stop As Scholars Pay Tribute to Officer Webster

November 4, 2015

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/Photos by Paige Fairchild/ ASK scholars line up outside to pay their respects to fallen Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster.

/Photos by Paige Fairchild/
ASK scholars line up outside to pay their respects to fallen Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster.

By Paige Fairchild

Tuesday afternoon The ASK Academy gathered in the front of the school and quietly paid their respects to honor fallen Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster.

ASK scholars and staff waited outside for about an hour for the service to begin. Bagpipes played and officers on horses lined up to wait for the procession. The police sirens wailed as they came around the corner, sending chills up and down the arms of scholars. Officers on motorcycles, in SUVs, trucks, and cars passed by as scholars held blue ribbons high to show their support. Rio Rancho Police and APD officers escorted their families into the cemetery, thanking the scholars for their show of appreciation as they walked by.

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Junior Charis Mote  stood alongside the student body to pay her respects to Officer Walker. She said the memorial hit her hard because her father is a Chaplain for RRPD. “I feel it’s respectful to stay strong at a memorial service,” she said with watery eyes. “I’m always glad it’s not my family or someone I’m close to. It kills me to imagine what it’s like.”

She said one moment during the procession upset her the most. “A crying officer walked over and thanked us for paying our respects. But we should be thanking them. They risk their lives every day. All I could do was thank her for her service.”

Officer Webster was killed in the line of duty. He was shot during a traffic stop in Albuquerque on October 21, and died a week later at UNMH.

The ASK campus is located across the street from Vista Verde Memorial Park; around the same time last year, scholars witnessed the procession of another fallen officer,  Officer Anthony Haase.

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