Memorial Service for Officer East to be Held in El Paso
A public memorial service honoring fallen Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East Jr., will be held at noon on Tuesday, October 17th in El Paso.
The service will be held at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. The local community there has been encouraged to wear blue.
The ceremony will begin with the presentation of the colors by the Andress High School ROTC and the presentation of the National Anthem.
Some Texas Tech officials, including school president, Lawrence Schovanec, will be in attendance at the service and scheduled to speak.
The memorial service will culminate with the release of 1,000 blue and black balloons — a symbolic farewell honoring Officer East — outside in the Abraham Chavez Theatre’s plaza.
A procession for Officer Floyd East Jr. was held in Lubbock on Saturday, October 14th, just before he was transported by plane to El Paso.
The ceremony today in El Paso comes one day after the family of Hollis Alvin Daniels III, the Texas Tech student who shot and killed Officer East, released a statement via their family spokesman.
In that statement, The Hollis Daniels family expressed “. . . their deepest sorrow and heartfelt sympathy for all those affected by the death of Officer Floyd East, Jr.” They also called his death “. . . a senseless and unspeakable tragedy.”
Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec also announced on Monday, October 16th, that the Texas Department of Public Safety will conduct a thorough review of campus safety and security policies and practices.