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Family, friends and colleagues remember fallen Texas Tech police officer, Floyd East Jr.

A memorial service was held for Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East, Jr. Tuesday afternoon.

The public was invited to attend the service at the Abraham Chavez Theatre.

East was a security guard at Texas Tech El Paso until he was hired by the Texas Tech Police Department in Lubbock a few months ago.

Dr. Richard Lange, president of Texas Tech in El Paso, knew East and became emotional while speaking about him during the service.

Lang said East was a humble person, kind and a dedicated family man.

Among the crowd of attendees was East’s cousin Richard Morales. He was overwhelmed with the show of support from local, state and national law enforcement communities that showed up to support the family.

“I really, and highly commend, the officers, the Texas tech — all of the State of Texas, and every body that supported my family regarding the death of my cousin,” said Morales. “It was probably the most beautiful thing I’ve seen.”

East was a longtime El Pasoan, he graduated from Andress High School in 1988 and graduated from the El Paso Community College Law Enforcement Academy last year.

Andress High School choir director, Eladio Valenzuela, sang the national anthem, and students from East’s alma mater presented the colors.

Officer East was shot and killed last week in Lubbock while on duty. East was allegedly shot by Texas Tech student Hollis Daniels, 19, on campus.

After the memorial service, 1,000 black and blue balloons were released outside the Abraham Chavez Theater in East’s honor.

Click here to help the East family with funeral costs

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