“Investigator Herrera gave his life serving our group and we once more acknowledge the sacrifice of the Herrera household and of our LPD household,” Gaylor Baird stated.

“We’re right here with you. All of Lincoln, and lots of past our metropolis limits, are right here with you. We grieve with you.”

Gaylor Baird then declared the rest of the week an official period of mourning, “to honor the bravery, service and sacrifice of investigator Mario Herrera and to precise our condolences to his household, associates, coworkers and all these whose lives had been touched by his exceptional lifetime of public service.”

Later Tuesday, town introduced that Pinnacle Financial institution Area would host Herrera’s funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Jackson, his badge draped in black tape, described Herrera as one of many division’s most devoted and selfless officers. The 23-year veteran was notably involved with these most weak — victims of sexual assaults and lacking individuals.

“Mario was an immensely gifted, extremely adorned investigator answerable for clearing quite a few robberies, burglaries and assaults, in addition to homicides,” he stated. “He was extraordinarily personable, empathetic, sort and, above all, compassionate.”

Herrera, a 50-year-old Military veteran and father of 4, was lively in his church, coached youth sports activities and mentored youthful officers.

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