Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Marlon Francisco Morales

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Wednesday, June 13, 2001

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Reflections for Officer Marlon Francisco Morales

We cannot believe that it has been almost a year since you passed. We are still very sad and angry that it happened. We are however glad that we were put together in the same apartment complex and that we met and felt like family right away. The Love and compassion from you and your family made us feel so much better since we moved from Ny and came to Virginia with no one to rely on. One of the happiest days of my life and I'm sure of yours was the day Meghan was born. I am only happy that you got to see that day and I feel so special that you and Jen let us share it with you. We will stand by your family just as I promised when I said goodbye to you at the hospital. Ken misses you so much becuase he looked forward to having a male friend to share things with. You will never be out of our minds or our prayers. We will be at every memorial for you and plan on being at the trial for your killer to see that justice is served.
Jennifer, If you ever need anything you know all you ever have to do is call. We are there for you and the kids always. We stay back in the sidelines but are alwayw there to step up to the plate and do whatever you need. I wish no one ever had to go through this situation but I am glad to see that you have such a strong support network.
Thank you to all the officers who have made the Morales family feel like part of the police family. I wish everyone had the same support for such a tragic event. They are lucky to have you all. God Bless and keep you all safe.
Love from the Frost Family

Mary Frost
Family Fried

To Marlon,

Thank you for touching my life. You are in my thoughts. I will be among those honoring you when you are added to the, unfortunately long, list of fallen heroes. Session 103 misses you.

Officer Heidi Rosebrugh
Arlington County Police Dept.

I went on a ride along with Metro Transit Police during my visit to DC for the annual Police Memorial. I went on the ride along during Officer Morales' shift. Although I didn't get to know Officer Morales personally, all of the Officers were very nice, and willing to answer any of the zillion questions I had. I am proud to have ridden along in the same shift that Officer Morales did.

My condonlences to the Morales family and to Officer Morales' friends.

fmr Cadet Ari
NYPD

In Valor there is Truth....

the men and women of the NYC Transit Police Memorial FOP Lodge #317 know the special bond among police officers especially members of the transit police. Our prayers and sympathy are extended to Officer Morales' family and comrades.

Sgt. Michael Fanning
NYC Transit Police Memorial FOP Lodge #317

DEAR JEN,

IT'S BEEN MORE THEN 4 MONTHS AFTER THE SENSELESS MURDER OF MARLON. EACH DAY I WALK INTO MY ROOM AND SEE A PICTURE OF HIM AND CAN'T HELP BUT REMEMBER THAT ONE NIGHT IN THE HOSPITAL WHEN WE WERE ALL AROUND HIM, HOPING AND PRAYING HE WOULD WAKE UP AND SAY EVERYTHINGS O.K. AT THAT TIME I WAS 8 AND A HALF MONTHS PREGNANT WITH TONY, IT WAS SO HARD ON ME, BECAUSE MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MARLON WAS NEVER THE SAME AFTER THAT ONE NIGHT. I REMEMBER THAT IT WAS FOR NEW YEARS THIS YEAR THAT WE TALKED AGAIN. WHEN I SAW HIM IN THAT HOSPITAL BED LIKE THAT, ALL I COULD REMEMBER WAS WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL, WE WERE SO CLOSE, HE WAS LIKE A FATHER FIGURE TO ME, I REMEMBER RUNNING AND HIDING FROM HIM, WHEN HE WOULD COME HOME FROM THE ARMY, JUST SO HE WOULDN'T PINCH MY CHEEKS. BUT HE WOULD ALWAYS LOOK FOR ME UNTIL HE FOUND ME. I REGRET THAT MY SON WILL NEVER MEET HIS UNCLE, BUT I CAN GUARANTEE THAT HE WILL KNOW ABOUT HIM.

LOVE, ROSEMARY & TONY

Jennifer, Jeramy, Josh, and Meghan,

It has been over three months since Marlon's passing and you are and will always be in my prayers. Just remember that Marlon is up in Heaven watching all of you, and protecting you as he did here on earth. I love you guys and girls very much and will be here for you forever.

Love, Angie

Angie
sister of Mrs. Morales

Jen,
Just know how much you and the kids are loved. I can't tell you how sorry I am .... I wish I could have been with you in Va, in your time of need. But I have treasured every moment we spent together here at home.

Marlon was a great guy. Even though he was quiet, his smile said it all. He loved his family and that was his number one priority. He was lucky to have you, and you were lucky to have had him.

Just know we are thinking of you always, and are counting the days until we see everyone again!!

Love, Carrie, Alec and Zachary (Cousins of family)

Carrie and boys

I never got the chance to personally know Marlon very well. I knew him through his wife Jennifer who has been one of my best friends for about 18 years.
As a friend, my heart aches for her and for the children Marlon left behind, I can only imagine the pain she is enduring. As a mother, my heart aches for Marlon's mom Zoila.
I pray for all of Marlon's family, for their strength to face each passing day without him.
I am thankful for all the police officers who helped the family in this time of tragedy.
I ask God to watch over Jennifer,Jeramy,Josh,and Meghan, that they will always know and feel that Marlon is looking down smiling at them.
Jennifer and Marlon have brought three beautiful children into this world, may the love that brought them into this world live in all of their hearts forever...
Love to all of you, Angie (friend of the family)

Though it is not often known, the loss of a police officer is felt throughout not only the law enforcement community, but also the public safety community.

Being the father of a newborn daughter myself, at the time of Officer Morales' death, I could only imagine the pain that his family felt at his loss.

In my extensive travels through DC on transports, I have had opportunity to be assited by DCPD, MTPD, and other agencies in clearing traffic for us at intersections, and know that there is no finer individual than one that is dedicated to giving his life so that others may live.

Officer Morales, you are a brother to all public safety personnel worldwide, and you are a hero in our books. You will never be forgotten, and your family will always be in our prayers and our hearts.

I know that you are now in the Mansion of our Lord and are patrolling the streets of Heaven with the same dedication and determination that your fellow officers have said you had.

My deepest condolences to Jennifer, Josh, Jeramy, and Meghan Morales. You are in my prayers.

Stephen Glorioso
Fort Belvoir EMS

I would like to thank everyone for all that was done to make his passing a little easier. For all that said a prayer for Marlon and my family, it means so much that so many care about my family.

I can hardly believe that Marlon was taken from the kids and me. I miss him more each passing day...

I thank God that Marlon got to spend 19 days with his baby girl! We were so excited to have a girl. He looked forward to her being a Daddy's Girl! He already had his boyfriend speech planned!

Jeramy and Josh have their work cut out for them! They are wonderful big brothers for Meghan and I hope and pray that the guidance Marlon gave the boys, they can pass on to their sister. I think that is the hardest part of Marlon's death - that Meghan will never really get to know her Daddy. He can never be replaced...

Jennifer (Marlon's Wife)

I didn't know Marlon as well as some, but I knew him. He is my best friends husband and I knew him through her and our many conversations. I am truely sorry for this senseless death that has left a young family to go on with out a father or a husband. They will survive because they have a wonderful mother to look up to and family and friends that will always be there for them. You can count on me. Marlon is going to forever be with you through your children and he will look down and forever be a proud daddy. Marlon was a great father and will be in all of your hearts forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Marlons family every day. Love to you all.

Tammy (friend of the family)

You are not forgotten! We will continue to do the job in your honor and in memory of you and all who laid down their lives so that we could live in a civilized society. We are stronger because of you. Rest in peace.

PTLM. M.W. LUDLOW
PALMYRA POLICE DEPARTMENT, NJ

Another brother is lost...sleep well brother, you fought the good fight. You will not be forgotten!

U. Alex
Bavaria Police Dep. - Germany

Although I helped train Marlon, I didn't know him well. He was somewhat anonymous. That's always one indication of a good recruit, which he certainly was. But by the end of the 103rd session, he became known to the staff in many positive ways - dedicated, mature, hard-working, and serious about his training. Marlon will not only be remembered, but I will always look to him to maintain focus and energy during our 20-week basic training sessions. My prayers are with you, your family, and your agency.

Robert Hammes
Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy

To the family and friends of Officer Morales, I simply wish to say that I am so very sorry for your loss. I, as an officer's wife am always scared when my husband leaves the home, however we know the dangers and accept their/your decision to take the risk.

Your husband died a hero, not that this makes it any easier, but you do have friends out there that know and fear your sacrifice.

Every officer's wife has the knowledge that one day we might lose our husbands, of course we don't want to believe this world is so heinous! But we know and then struggle to find the words with all of those who CAN'T understand. I, although I have never met you, feel the excruciating pain that you are going through. You need to know that you are loved, you and your family. Please fall into God's hands because at this moment HE is the only one that can truly help. YOu will be in my thoughts and prayers forever.
I hope that knowing that there are "strangers" out there that truly feel your loss, it might comfort you in some way.
kathy

kathy - wife of a police officer

How sad it is to get on this page and read of another senseless death of one of America's finest. My deepest sympathy goes to the family of this officer and especially to his mother as I too am a mother who lost a very precious gift in December 2000. I know the pain and heartache and the sadness the family is feeling and I pray for God's strength for them.

Jean Hill (Mother)
Deputy Barrett T. Hill, EOW 12/4/00

On June 10, 2001 at 2113, I had just walked in the door to start my tour when we received the call every dispatcher fears; that one of our officers had been shot. I've been doing this job 11 years and have had my fingers crossed a long time. I am at a loss, a complete loss.
I did some training with Officer Morales and worked with him on shift overlap. He was always professional, friendly, took radio runs without question and backed his fellow officers up. He never hesitated to ask questions when unsure, and never seemed to have a negative word to say about anything. He will truly be missed.
I cannot imagine the pain his family is going through. I only hope they know we are here and will always be here for them.
God bless.

Dispatcher Joanne Fearnow
Metro Transit Police Washington DC

My sincere condolences to the Morales family and the Metro Transit Police Department over the loss of Marlon. May God help you through this difficult time and through the years to come.

Sgt. Richard Lopez
United States Capitol Police

I had the pleasure of knowing Marlon during his all to brief career with the Transit Police. I saw him often in the hall with his fellow recruits when he was in training and occasionally on the street. I had dinner with him one night when I was working O.T. on nights while he was in FTO. Talking with him, it stuck me that he was more level headed and mature than your average rookie. He didn't babble on about "hot calls" and "hard core policing" as most rookies do, myself included. We talked mainly about our families. He told he about his then pregnant wife and how he looked forward to the birth the new baby. When I think about his senseless killing, I remember all of the "routine" stops I have made over the last eight years. Marlon was a fine man, dedicated policeman, a loving husband, and a proud father.

Sgt. Brian Heanue
Metro Transit Police

Dear Morales Family~
We are many miles away, yet still feel the pain of our Law Enforcement family, wherever they may be. Our love and prayers go out to your family. I am deeply saddened to see a family blessed with the miracle of birth, and the darkness of death, in such a short time. Please know that our thoughts and continuos prayers are with your family at this time.
With deepest sympathy...

Jonelle Hughes
wife of a LVMPD Officer

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