LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An LAPD officer who was killed in a hit-and-run crash earlier this month has been laid to rest.

Officer Roberto Sanchez, 32, died May 3 after an SUV slammed into his police cruiser in Harbor City.

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Sanchez’s funeral was held Wednesday morning at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles, where L.A. Police chief Charlie Beck and Mayor Eric Garcetti were among speakers.

“Once a LAPD officer, always a LAPD officer,” Garcetti said. “Today, there’s a rookie guardian angel. And tonight will be his first night reporting for duty.”

Sanchez was buried at the Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach Wednesday afternoon.

He is the fourth LAPD officer to be killed in a traffic-related incident in the last three months.

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Mynor Enrique Valero, who prosecutors believe is responsible for Sanchez’s death, remains in custody.


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