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Patrolman John Anthony "Rocky" Riojas

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, February 3, 2001

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Reflections for Patrolman John Anthony "Rocky" Riojas

Uncle Rocky,

I know we met but I don't remember but I know you do. I know you would hold me and sing to me the Indian song. I know you were a great man, loving husband, an amazing uncle, supportive father, great brother and overall an amazing son. We miss you so much but we will never stop talking about you. The stories everyone shares with us always make us feel like you're right there next to us. I wish I could have met you, but like everyone says God had bigger plans for you. We love you so much. I can't wait till the day I get to meet you. But for now just keep watching over us and protecting us. Gone but never forgotten.

Until we meet again...

Bella Sanchez

April 8, 2020

After all these years, I still miss you so much. You were such a good friend to me. I will never forget you ❤️


December 15, 2018

RIP Brother. Your efforts will not be forgotten.

Captain P. M. Larkin
Galveston County Pct. 1

April 3, 2018

Rest in peace my brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

February 3, 2018

I pray that the Lord will comfort and support your family. You are a brave individual taking on that criminal and my thanks to you.

Mr. J Raymond

February 3, 2017

Missing you my friend R.I.P.

Sergeant Wayne Shoquist
San Antonio Police Department

February 2, 2017

16 years without my big brother. You are truley missed. You would be so proud of your kids. Mom and I were laughing about you and your dumb St Bernards. LOL! I am sure they are keeping you and dad busy up there in heaven. Heard Elton John on the way to work and couldn't help but lsmile, laugh and cry all at the same time. That sure was funny when grandma popped us in the head for listening too loud. Miss you and love you. Until we meet again....

Sister / San Antonio Police Department

February 2, 2017

I know you can't read this but i wanted to say hi and that I'm writing a report in you i was born a couple years after your death but i have heard stories bye

Andrea Riojas
His Niece

September 20, 2016

RIP Officer.

SSA, Rod Trip (retired)

April 17, 2015

Rest in peace,,,

Det/Sgt. J. L. Arnold (Ret)
Livingston County (Illinois) Sheriffs Police

April 16, 2015

He is remembered and honored in prayer 16 April 2015.

MAJ Dan Mackey, US Army (Ret.)

April 16, 2015

You're killer was finally put to death Officer Riojas. Thank you for your service and for paying the ultimate sacrifice. Continued prayers for your family, friends and co-workers. Rest in peace hero, we will never forget !!!

Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

April 16, 2015

Justice for you and your family has been completed today. This coward is dead now, may you never be forgotten thank you for your service.

Patrolman Hodges
Plainview Police

April 16, 2015

Justice has been served today. your killer has finally been put to death. May you rest in peace.

Lt. Milton E. Proctor (Ret)
Deer Park Police Dept, Ohio

April 15, 2015

I remember the day officer Riojas was killed. I was on my way to work to the Medical Center area that evening at about 5:00 PM. There were several SAPD patrol cars blocking the street I was driving on, so I had to take a detour. The next day I read the news of officer Riojas being killed in an apartment's parking lot while trying to stop a crime in progress.

Luis Pitty, SGT
US Army and Texas resident since 1987.

March 29, 2015

Brother you will never be forgotten. Miss you!

Det. Keith Strasheim
Corpus Christi Police Dept.

February 1, 2015

Justice for your death will hopefully be served on 4/15/2015. Rest in peace, sir. You have not been forgotten. God Bless.

Lisa B.

January 6, 2015

You were such a dear friend of mine and always there for me as a good friend before, during and after. I remember when you told me you were getting married and how overwhelmed of happiness you felt, I remember when you told me, you all were expecting your first baby and then again for baby no 2 your family made you so happy. I remember all the stories you shared while growing up. It's currently the holidays and two NY officers have fallen. Today I watched the news coverage in how hundreds attended and brought back sadness because I thought of your services. May you be everyone's guardian Angel. You are missed ❤️


December 27, 2014

I will pray for you Officer Riojas and your family. Justice will be served if the State of Texas puts the coward to death this coming April of 2015 as it is scheduled.

Put to death all Cop Killers

October 25, 2014

Thinking of your family - blood and blue - today! May there be peace and closure in their journey of healing! We know you will always be in our hearts!

Sgt Kristine Miller
Cedar Park PD

July 2, 2014

Thank you to Officer Riojas and his family who lost a true hero. It's men like Rocky who HOLD THE LINE, and keep evil from stepping foot over it.

Harris County DAO
Brother LEO

July 1, 2014

Not sure why I was thinking of Rocky today. I think it was that I was thinking of all the good people that crossed my path in life and the positive influence that they had. Rocky was definitely one of them. I went to Elementary and Jr.High school with Rocky, a short time but definitely a period of childhood growth, learning and development. Even then, Rocky looked after each of his classmates, knew right from wrong and was always setting a good example for us. Even today it brings tears to my eyes remembering him. I was in Tokyo, Japan when my mother & sister called me and told me what had happened. feels like yesterday. My heart goes out to his sister, parents and to his loving family.
Love, Agueros Family

Mike Agueros
Best friend, the early years.

February 21, 2014

I saw on facebook that its your anniversary today Rocky. I remember that night so well. Just writing to say rest in peace. You are still remembered.

Investigator Pat Gallagher
Broome County DA's Office

February 3, 2014

I was working for Bexar County S.O. when you were taken from us. I personally helped book in the individual who took your life. I will never forget the overwhelming desire to hurt him that I felt the entire time I dealt with him in the process. I am now a firearms instructor for the US Border Patrol and I think about your passing every time I teach a class. You are gone but will never be forgotten. I hope that you can look in on me from time to time until we meet. God Bless!

Carr, Jason S
Patrol Agent USBP

January 31, 2014

I miss you my brother. I miss all the fun times and our talks and I just miss my big brother. I know it's 12 years but it still seems like yesterday. The tears still flow but are just more manageable. I am thankful for the great relationship we had. You gave me a lot of great stories to share with Victoria and Little Rocky. They love it when we share stories about you. It's good to see them laugh because I know they continue to miss you even though your time with them was short. But dont worry, as a family, we will continue to share your legacy with them. They have grown up to be really great kids. They are smart and funny. You would be really proud of them. Sandra has done a phenomenal with them. She misses you; we all do. Thank you for everything you taught me; you still are teaching me life lessons. Love you my brother and Friend.

Julie Riojas

February 4, 2013

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