CREATED Sep. 14, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- California Highway Patrol officers gathered near Flamingo and Valley View Saturday night to honor a fellow officer killed during a carjacking nearly a month ago.
Jesus Magdaleno, or Jessie as he was better known to his friends, was supposed to get married next weekend, but instead of saying "I do" his fiancé and best man read his eulogy at Saturday's candlelight vigil.
"I love that man. He was to me, my hero, my brother and now my angel," Magdaleno’s best man said.
Magdaleno's best man, had to change the speech he was planning to give at his friend's wedding into a eulogy for a candlelight vigil organized by members of the California Highway Patrol.
Metro detectives said the 33-year-old died after he jumped into the back of his truck in an effort to stop James Montgomery from driving off with his brother-in-law in the bed of the truck.
Both men died when the truck crashed.
"He was a Marine and lived that esprit de corps and was courageous in everything that he did, which showed the day that he passed," fellow CHP officer Felix Lara said.
Hundreds of officers already honored Magdaleno at his funeral last month, but while in Las Vegas for an annual softball tournament, officers from all over California paused once again to remember their fallen friend.
"We think of the highway patrol as a family and for everybody to come out, it is great, it shows good support," Fellow CHP officer Ben Corner said.
That support extended to Magdaleno's fiancé who thanked everyone for their ongoing support.
"He may be in heaven now, but I feel truthfully that I now have a guardian angel that is above all."
Magdaleno’s accused killer, James Montgomery, is due back in court on Oct. 4. He’s been charged with murder, kidnapping, DUI and various other crimes.