Slain po­lice of­fi­cer an ‘Amer­i­can hero’

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By DAISY NGUYEN

SAN FRAN­CISCO — A Cal­i­for­nia po­lice of­fi­cer who was killed in the line of duty was hailed Satur­day as a “Fiji­born Amer­i­can hero” who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for his adopted coun­try.

At a fu­neral held for Cpl. Ronil Singh, mourn­ers re­mem­bered the 33­year­old as a hard­work­ing im­mi­grant who worked his way up to be­come an of­fi­cer in the small town of New­man.

He “stood so much for what is right in our world and yet un­for­tu­nately was taken too soon from us by what is wrong in our world,” Modesto po­lice Of­fi­cer Jeff Har­mon said at the ser­vice in a Modesto church.

He “prob­a­bly more than any­thing else wanted to be home on Christ­mas night with his wife and his young son, but in­stead made a self­less choice to serve all of his com­mu­nity know­ing that there are many more than just his own fam­ily that needed his pro­tec­tion that night.”

Singh was shot to death in the early hours of Dec. 26 af­ter he pulled over a sus­pected drunk driver. The gun­man fled, and a two­day­long man­hunt led to the ar­rest of a man who au­thor­i­ties said was in the coun­try il­le­gally and was pre­par­ing to flee to Mex­ico.

Gus­tavo Ar­riaga Perez, also 33, has since been charged with mur­der.

The case has rekin­dled a de­bate over Cal­i­for­nia’s sanc­tu­ary law that lim­its co­op­er­a­tion by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties with fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has cited Singh’s killing to call for tougher bor­der se­cu­rity amid a fight with con­gres­sional Democrats over fund­ing for a bor­der wall. The im­passe has forced a par­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down.

At his fu­neral, how­ever, Singh’s brother and col­leagues fo­cused on his achieve­ments and playful personalit­y.

Singh grew up in a Fi­jian farm­ing town and em­i­grated to cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia in 2003. He joined the 12­mem­ber New­man po­lice de­part­ment in 2011 af­ter at­tend­ing po­lice academy and serv­ing as a vol­un­teer, an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer and code en­force­ment of­fi­cer at other agencies in the re­gion.

“He told me he came to this coun­try with one pur­pose, and that pur­pose was to be­come a po­lice of­fi­cer,” New­man Po­lice Chief Randy Richard­son said.

As­so­ci­ated Press

— Po­lice of­fi­cers gather Satur­day for the fu­neral of slain New­man po­lice Cpl. Ronil “Ron” Singh in Modesto.

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