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Investigator Hugo Fernando Arango

Doraville Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, May 13, 2000

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Reflections for Investigator Hugo Fernando Arango

Investigator Arango,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Doraville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 13, 2020

You came into my life unexpectedly and turned a girls childhood dreams of fairy tale true love everlasting into a tangible reality. We shared many activities in the short time i was blessed with you. You and your family welcomed me from the start. Life has never been the same. There is an emptiness nothing nor nobody could ever begin to fill. I not only lost you ,I also lost a substantial part of me as well . I am honored to have shared what time we had. I mourn the loss of the connection with your family as well.Not a day goes by that i dont think of you. I miss your smile,your touch,your laughter,jokes,vitality, You brought a sense of belonging,completeness,joy unlike any I've ever known before or after our brief union. There are none to share my experience,my loss and grief,nor to help recover as pain clouded open communication. Mistakes were made,all the more sadness for those of us involved. I have carried the memory of your light ,your charisma close to my heart these 20 years now. One day I know I will see you again my love. Until then.....

Synthia Delgado

April 12, 2020

What a great friend you are! We miss you dearly! Before dad got sick we sat and talk about the old days, I remember dad speaking so highly of you and how much he missed you! Glad y’all are chilling together now.

Robert Brown
Co-worker but better friends

May 11, 2019

It seems so long ago but at the same time it seems like yesterday.

Doraville PD

May 13, 2018

I remember the night that the call went out across my scanner. When able to get to the area,only to find out,he had been murdered only a 150 yards from a shade tree that just over a year before my wife and I had gotten married at. The day of his funeral was hard,as is every enforcement officer that I know n have worked with is. Rest in Peace my brother for you are never forgotten!!!!!!!

Sgt. R.D. Ivins
Security Officer

May 13, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 13, 2015

Thinking of you today.

Sgt. Kari Lopez
Doraville Police Department

May 13, 2014

Man it is so HARD to believe that today makes 14 years!

Big Kuntree #1114

May 13, 2014

Rest in Peace brother, we have the Watch

Phoenix Police, Brother in Blue

April 12, 2013

Rest in Peace, Investigator Arango. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 25, 2012

I was just thinking about that Valentines Day you took me to the Hawks/Celtics game. Best Valentines Day EVER. I love you and miss you just as much today, 11 years later as I did that first moment your sister called me that morning.

best friend

May 12, 2011

A decade has passed since you were called away from duty but time has not put out the flame that burns with love in the many hearts that love you. Continue to keep watch over all of them and those still out on patrol. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

May 13, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today on the 10th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 5 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 13, 2010

I can't believe you have been gone 10 years. Still miss you everyday.

Meg (Wallace) Rowe

May 13, 2010 again..Just thinking of you as always. I cant believe that you have been gone almost 9 years. I still cry like I got the news today. I go to the scene and read the paper with you, I always remember how you used to show up at my house in the middle of the night and you wanted to read the paper and smoke a cigarette, I visit your final resting spot and I can hardly bring myself to leave. I will spend the rest of my life making sure you are not forgotten. I have learned a huge lesson from your death and that is to not put things off. I wish I would have went out with you the week before, that is the one thing I regret most in my life and thats putting you off until the next week which never came. I always had so much fun with you. I never knew what the hell we would get into and thats why you were the greatest friend, you kept me laughing, constantly and you were always there for Justin and I. You have impacted more lives than you will ever know. I am sure you find all of these emotions amusing, and of course, I can hear you now about the tattoo, yes, you are tattooed on me. I know you are loving that, see, im not scared after know what I mean by that!:) you probably wonder why all the fuss over you. Thats just it, you deserve all of the remeberances and grief. You are TRULY missed and loved very much. See ya soon Bato!


April 4, 2009

Hugo,Bro,I often thank back and reflect the times we had. I thank about eating with you and you riding in my patrol car with me looking for drugs just hours before that life changing event. I am now back out on the streets again and there is not a day goes by that I dont thank of you. You touched me and my family more than you will ever know. Benji and I talk about you often and laugh about the good ol days. I cant wait until we meet again. My prayers are still with you and your family. BATO LOCO FOREVER

Tim Sheffield

July 22, 2008

Hugo was such a great guy. He was a good co-worker of my husband and "buddy" to my sons. I'll never forget the days at the baseball field and all the laughs. Hugo gave our boys one of their first playstations! It was the start of an ongoing addiction for them! LOL A part of Tim was changed forever that night, as I'm sure it was for anyone who knew Hugo. (We have a chihuahua Tim & the boys named "Bato" who makes us smile and laugh just as much as Hugo does.) Our thoughts, prayers and love are always there for the family. We miss you Hugo - but you are NEVER far from us and always in our hearts.

Paulette Sheffield

May 19, 2008



May 13, 2008

He was an amazing guy. He was my dad's partner in the Police dept. the night he was killed my dad tried to do CPR on him but it didn't work. That was the sadest night for my dad. My dad is Tim Sheffield

Jason Sheffield
he was my dad's partner

May 1, 2008

You are still missed even though it has been almost eight years. We still remember all of the good times and everything that you have done. We miss you so much. We all love you!


April 16, 2008

when i found out Hugo became an officer, i worried for him like a parentwould. You see i met Hugo when he was 10 yrs. old i lived about 4 apartments down from him, he used to come over my house wachted tv. amd played with my baby. it has been 7 yrs. since his death, and i still missed him terrible like i am sure his parents and sisters do.

Rafael G. Aragon
A Dear Freind

January 5, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 8, 2007

We grew up a few doors from each other...and I knew your face like the back of my hand. We went to the same schools. Played in the same playground. We grew up and watched each other gain age and wisdom. I would give anything to go back to that night. To be there and do something. It was so close to our homes. As it stands...I pray for your peaceful rest whenever I can...and I pray for your mother, father, and sisters endlessly. We'll all see you again soon,.

Santiago Velasquez

April 17, 2007


Not a day goes by that I don't reflect on that early morning phone call I received from the Shift Watch Sgt telling me the horrible news about what had just happened. I remember not knowing what to say exactly over the phone, except that I needed to get there immediately. Those words over the phone still haunt me to this day. I will never forget all of us sitting on the step outside of the club, not sure what to say to one another, but just trying to figure it all out. I remember speaking and horse-playing around with you just two days prior in my office. I remember alot about that day, about all the emotions everyone displayed in absolute disbelief and HOW that could have happened. I remember that everyday during shift following that tradic morning, I made it a point to stop by that very scene and give out a prayer to you, and still continue to this day whenever I am even near that area. I remember many things Hugo, but most of all, I remember that you were my friend........and we shall see each other again someday, and pick up in the laughter where we originally had left off. Take care and God bless you brother. BATO LOCO FOREVER!

A dear friend

June 11, 2006

It has been 6 years since you were called away. I know during that time your loved ones have mourned for you every day and have thought about you constantly. You have not been forgotten nor will you ever be. You are a true hero. Keep watch over your loved ones, help them with their grief and protect them.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

May 19, 2006

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