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Liquor Inspector Edward L. Moreno | New Mexico Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, New Mexico New Mexico Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, New Mexico

Liquor Inspector

Edward L. Moreno

New Mexico Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, New Mexico

End of Watch: Sunday, July 13, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/7/1970

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Arrested

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Liquor Inspector Edward Moreno was shot after he and his partner responded to a bar in Gallup, New Mexico, to question the owner. While inside the bar Inspector Moreno noticed some men around his vehicle and he exited the bar to investigate.

When he approached the suspects he was assaulted and the suspects gained control of his gun and shot him. Inspector Moreno survived his wounds initially, but on July 13th, 1975, he died of complications from the assault and gunshot wound. Both suspects were arrested at the scene.

Inspector Moreno had previously served with the United States Army and was survived by his wife and six children. He is buried at Fort Bayard National Cemtery, Fort Bayard, New Mexico.

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A Note to My Father - My Hero

Today, my friend Officer Sonny Kim of Cincinnati, our brother in arms was laid to rest. Thousands lined the streets of our city. Hundreds of fellow officers - brothers in arms - were present to bid farewell to this hero who was taken from this life.

I could not find the strength within myself to attend his services. It felt "too close to home" - I see the look in the eyes of his family. I know that look - I have felt their pain - I have lived their sorrow.

As the procession traveled - hundreds of police cars, motorcycles and civilians, my mind traveled back. The emotion, the pain, the confusion and the all consuming sadness hit me with full strength.

Dad - Inspector Edward L. Moreno - how I wish that his family did not have to share in this never ending cycle of pain. They, like me, will relive the pain each and every time an officer is killed in the line of duty, just as strongly as when this sorrow was brought into their lives for the first time.

It saddens me to know that his boys will face all of life's challenges without the guidance of this kind, strong and faithful man. Sonny Kim was a true MAN - he was a man of honor, a man of character, a man who by all rights should NOT have been taken.

So many of the details surrounding his death mirrored the events that eventually took you from us Dad. My heart breaks for his family. It is my prayer and my hope that his wife has the strength of character that Mom has...that she will find hope and solace in the love that she shared with this man.

So many officers lost, so many lives forever altered. So much needless pain.

Dad - please welcome Officer Sonny Kim into the gates of Heaven. May he forever rest in the knowledge that he was a fine man and a hero, just like you Dad.

My love is forever with you. My heart forever broken, my faith forever lasting.

Margaret Moreno-Coplen
Proud Daughter of a fallen officer
June 26, 2015


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