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Funeral arrangements set for retired Las Cruces police chief

The funeral services and the procession route are set for Jaime Montoya, the retired chief of the Las Cruces Police Department.

Montoya, 52, died on Jan. 3 after battling cancer. He was diagnosed in 2018.

Montoya was a 26-year veteran of LCPD and served as chief from Dec. 2013 until his retirement in Dec. 2017.

A public viewing will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Baca’s Funeral Chapel at 300 E. Boutz Road.

A rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 1240 S. Espina Street.

A final viewing begins at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Immaculate Heart of Mary. The viewing will be followed by a Catholic funeral mass at 10 a.m. Friday at the church.

Montoya will be laid to rest at the Dona Ana Cemetery, 601 Dona Ana School Road, in the Village of Dona Ana.

In a news release, the LCPD announced the route of the funeral procession, adding that temporary closures of several intersections will be taking place.

The route of the funeral procession from Immaculate Heart of Mary is as follows:

North on Espina Street to Amador Avenue.

West of Amador to Main Street.

North on Main Street, through Downtown Las Cruces, to Picacho Avenue.

East on Picacho, a road which turns into Spruce Avenue, to Solano Drive.

North on Solano Drive to Main Street.

East on Main to Elks Drive.

North on Elks to Dona Ana School Road.

West on Dona Ana School Road to the Dona Ana Cemetery, 601 Dona Ana School Rd.

The Las Cruces Police Department asks those who wish to mourn Chief Montoya, and honor his family, to remain on the sidewalks until the last vehicle in the procession passes.

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