AUSTIN (KXAN) - One year and one month after Jaime Padron was gunned down, the senior Austin police officer's name was added to the memorial at the Capitol that honors all Texas law enforcement officers who gave their life in the line of duty.
Officers from throughout the state attended the memorial on Monday morning. They came from as far away as Houston, Dallas and El Paso to pay tribute to Padron and others who died since the last sad ceremony.
"It's a grim reminder of the sacrifices the families of these police officers make—not just in Texas, but throughout the country," Austin Police chief Art Acevedo said.
Bagpipes and drums played during a parade toward the Capitol steps, where the service was held.
"This memorial helps because you know that he's not forgotten, and it's a hard thing because you relive it hearing the bagpipes, seeing the people that you met because of his death," Johnny Padron, brother of slain officer Jaime Padron said.
Padron, 40, was answering an early morning call on April 6, 2012, about someone acting erratically inside the Walmart store at Parmer Lane and Interstate 35. When he approached the man, Brandon Daniel, the officer was shot in the neck and died from the injury.
Daniel is charged with capital murder and is facing the death penalty.
Next week, a group of Austin officers - including the pipe band and honor guard - will fly to Washington, D.C., for a fallen officer memorial near the U.S. Capitol.
While in Washington, the officers will take part in a candlelight vigil on Monday, May 13, at the Police Memorial on Judiciary Square.
The next evening, there will be a parade to the Police Memorial where there will be a short service. And on Wednesday, the National Police Memorial will be held on the west side of the U.S. Capitol. After the memorial, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial.
Padron's family will take part in the memorial services in Washington.
One month ago, the police substation in North Austin where Padron was assigned was named after him.
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