Fil-Am state trooper killed in hit-and-run in Las Vegas to be honored on Dec. 8
LOS ANGELES – A memorial will be held on Dec. 8 to honor Filipino American Alberto Edaniel Felix – one of the two Nevada state troopers who were killed in a hit-and-run on a Las Vegas freeway last week.
Felix, 54, and Sgt. Michael Abbate were run over as they stopped to check on a driver who was asleep behind the wheel and was pulled over to the side of the road on Interstate 15, police said.
A white Chevrolet station wagon collided with the troopers moments later, according to a news release by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Felix, who lived in Henderson, Nevada, served in the US Air Force before he joined the department in January 2019. Abbate, who had been with the state agency since December 2013, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant.
“Both dedicated their careers to serving the State of Nevada with exceptional commitment and pride,” the Nevada police said in a statement.
Police extended condolences to friends and family of the troopers.
A ‘Celebration of Life’
A “Celebration of Life” will be held to honor Felix on Friday, Dec. 8, 10:30 a.m. at Central Church, 1001 New Beginnings Dr, Henderson, Nevada.
Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo released a statement Thursday saying he was “profoundly saddened” about the troopers’ deaths.
“This is a devastating loss for Nevada law enforcement, the city of Las Vegas, and our entire state,” he said. “As we mourn these troopers, we will never forget their bravery, courage and sacrifice.”
Police said the suspect, identified as Jemarcus Williams, 46, fled the scene. Responding officers searched for the white vehicle and found it by an apartment complex. The suspect was not in the vehicle.
Williams was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center. He was charged with two counts of reckless driving resulting in death, two counts of driving under the influence resulting in death and two counts of not staying at the scene of an accident.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521 or anonymously at 702-385-5555 or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
More information on the memorial for Felix is available here.