LAS CRUCES NM May 6 2011 - The men and women of the Las Cruces Police Department are mourning the loss of patrol officer Anthony Sepulveda who passed away Tuesday afternoon from complications following a major medical ailment which he suffered over the weekend.
Sepulveda, 36, was transported to Memorial Medical Center early-morning Saturday and passed away shortly before 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
"Anthony honorably served his community for nearly five years as a Las Cruces police officer," said Chief Richard Williams.
"He was a dedicated public servant, son, father and friend. We will miss him greatly and can never replace the invaluable service he provided to this community." Sepulveda had been with the Las Cruces Police Department since 2006 and most recently was an East Area Command officer working evenings and had just completed a shift before becoming ill.
A Hurley, N.M. native, Sepulveda graduated from Cobre High School in Bayard, N.M. in 1992. He graduated from the Las Cruces Police Department's 37th Training Academy on Sept. 29, 2006.
He is survived by his daughters Alexis, 10, and Alivia, 17; their mother Sonia Fabro and grandmother Marla Ridgway; his parents Antonio and Norma Sepulveda; sisters Sonia and Ana Sepulveda; niece Aujanae; aunt Rosalie and uncle Tony Alirez; aunts Barbara Garcia and Margaret Delong; and cousin Michael Alirez.
Memorial and graveside services are pending.
Source:Las Cruces Sun News