Memorial service, burials Monday for CHP officers killed in Kingsburg accident

The Fresno BeeFebruary 23, 2014 

California Highway Patrol Officers Juan Gonzalez (left) and Brian Law were killed Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, when their Crown Victoria slammed into a guardrail and a freeway exit sign on Highway 99 near Kingsburg.


A memorial service for two California Highway Patrol officers killed last Monday in an accident on Highway 99 near Kingsburg will be held Monday at the Save Mart Center on the Fresno State campus.

The service for officers Juan Jaime Gonzalez, 33, and Brian Mitchio Law, 34, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., CHP spokesman Axel Reyes said.

The officers were together in their patrol car when they were killed responding to a traffic accident before dawn on President's Day. They came upon the accident scene suddenly and Officer Gonzalez swerved, lost control and hit a barrier. Both men died at the scene.

The memorial is expected to draw thousands including Gov. Jerry Brown, state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow, who will serve as one of the memorial speakers, Reyes said.

Representatives from 21 law enforcement agencies -- including 11 from out of state -- have also confirmed their attendance, Reyes said.

Family of the officers are requesting privacy but are welcoming friends and family of the law enforcement community to attend the service.

After the service, which is expected to end about 11:30 a.m., the bodies of the officers will be taken to cemeteries in Clovis and Tulare. Officer Law will be buried at the Clovis Cemetery on North Villa Avenue and Officer Gonzalez will be buried at the North Tulare Public Cemetery.

Those attending the memorial are encouraged to arrive early to park, which will be free. People should enter the Save Mart Center by about 8:30 a.m., Reyes said. All vehicles will enter on northbound Chestnut Avenue from Shaw Avenue.

Classes are in session Monday at Fresno State.

There will be a number of road closures and delays today around the campus and near the cemeteries due to a high volume of traffic expected for the memorial and burial services.

Check all day Monday for ongoing coverage of the memorial service and burials.

Read past stories about the crash and fond memories of the officers

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