CLAY COUNTY, Mo. (KCTV) – Circle of relatives, buddies and dozens of regulation enforcement officials packed a Clay County court Thursday as his suspected killer confronted a pass judgement on for his arraignment.
Police escorted Joshua T. Rocha to his arraignment listening to dressed in fallen Officer Daniel Vasquez’s handcuffs. Rocha is charged with first-degree homicide and armed prison motion for Vasquez’s July 19 loss of life. Vasquez used to be shot and killed all over a visitors prevent for an expired transient tag close to twenty first and Clay in North Kansas Town.
Legislation enforcement officials from across the metro stood shoulder to shoulder all over all of the arraignment to toughen Vasquez’s circle of relatives.
“At the beginning, we have been right here for the circle of relatives,” Kansas Town Missouri Police Division Investigations Bureau Deputy Leader Mike Wooden stated Thursday. “If this doesn’t disillusioned you as a member of this group, you’re heartless, you’re now not human. As a result of this is unnecessary. It didn’t must occur and it shouldn’t have took place.
Rocha didn’t talk all over his arraignment. A pass judgement on entered a now not accountable plea on his behalf as a result of Rocha does now not but have an legal professional. A public defender shall be appointed to constitute him.
The have an effect on of Officer Vasquez’s loss of life – the primary line of responsibility loss of life within the North Kansas Town Police Division’s historical past – used to be obtrusive all over Wednesday evening’s candlelight vigil for Vasquez and his circle of relatives. A big crowd of group contributors stuffed the police division automobile parking space.
“I do know he’s in heaven taking a look down on us with that gigantic tacky smile,” Vasquez’s sister, Areli Vasquez, stated. “I do know Daniel cherished this group and any group that he served. I don’t know the way we’re going to get thru this.”
A number of buddies and coworkers spoke about Vasquez’s skill to befriend as regards to any person.
“He used to be our Daniel,” Wanda Filger stated. “I’d say, ‘I’m apprehensive about you.’ He’d say, ‘Mee-Maw, I’ve were given Katie’s again. I’ve were given Katie’s again.’ I simply want we had his. Our lives will simply by no means be the similar with out him.”
Police say Rocha grew to become himself in and confessed to killing Vasquez. Rocha is hung on a $2-million bond.
“Justice shall be served. I believe assured in that,” Deputy Leader Wooden stated. “He’s the place he must be, individually, and the device will paintings.”
If convicted of first-degree homicide, Rocha may just face the loss of life penalty or be sentenced to existence in jail with out parole. Rocha is predicted again in courtroom on July 28 for a bond listening to.
Funeral provider knowledge for Vasquez used to be introduced Thursday. There shall be a public visitation Tuesday, July 26, from 5-9 p.m. on the Winery Church at 12300 NW Arrowhead Trafficway in KCMO. The funeral products and services shall be hung on Wednesday, July 27, at 9 a.m. at Winery Church.
If attending the general public visitation on Tuesday, July 26, or funeral products and services Wednesday, July 27, you should input from U.S. 169 South.
If group contributors want to display toughen to the Vasquez Circle of relatives and North Kansas Town Police Division however are not able to wait the provider, there shall be a procession in an instant following the funeral products and services on Wednesday, July 27. The procession will depart from Winery Church at 12300 NW Arrowhead Trafficway in KCMO and continue down U.S. 169 South to MO 9 South, to Armour Highway, to I-29/35 North, to Antioch North, to sixty fourth Boulevard E., to White Chapel Memorial Gardens.
Parking shall be limited alongside Armour Highway. On the other hand, parking on facet streets shall be accredited. A town spokesperson says viewing alongside Armour Highway is inspired.
Town group of workers say contributors of the general public must be expecting visitors delays if touring in and across the venues and procession path on Wednesday July 27.
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