Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Chief of Police Luis M. Castillo

Jal Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Friday, August 3, 2001

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Reflections for Chief of Police Luis M. Castillo

Ty my brother for always being a true example for humanity

Adan Montez
Former sgt jal police officer

September 4, 2021

Chief Castillo,
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 Jal. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

August 3, 2021

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

August 3, 2020

Rest in peace knowing that your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 3, 2020

Rest in peace Chief of Police Castillo.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 18, 2019

I can't believe it has been nine years since you left. The pain is still the same the emptiness is still there. I miss not talking to you for we were sailing together in our boat fighting the waves of life together. when the waves were big and strong we held on to each other, now I hold on only to a memory, I don't understand but I will keep living the way that you taught me and that is to keep the peace. You didn't tell me that people would hate for it, but none the less you still lived it and so will I. You would be proud of your kids they are great!!!. love you forever.


August 20, 2010

hey hey uncle its been a while i just wanted to say hi and i miss u i was just down with the fam and i wanted to let you know that they are all safe and well am playing basketball now and its all to God and you i represent you as much as i can ur my life iven though i didnt get to know u that much but i still love you ok uncle love you lots peace and by the way my first tat is going to be a replica of your badge over my heart and FOREVER LIVER JAL 111

Geoffrey Garland

August 26, 2009

Thank you for your dedicated service to law enforcement, especially to your brother officers. You are a true hero and heroes never die. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol guarding over the Thin Blue Line.

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

August 3, 2008

hey uncle i miss u alot even kno i didnt really kno u but i kno u loved me alot cuz of all thec stories i hear and i kno that i would have loved u alot to we all miss u alot espically mom and grandma but o well we will be jointed together once again one day and i cant wait so good bye for now i will always love u

ur nephew

July 5, 2008

Man, life has been weird since you left. why you did it I may never know but i know it was for the good. I heard you were set up, with much anger i would like to revenge but that would be wrong in itself. You were a true police officer and because of that i give my respect to all law enforcement but i say this to you all as well "Keep it real"

your nephew

July 2, 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

December 17, 2007

Chief Castillo,
Today is the sixth anniversary of your EOW, and people across the nation remember you and your sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Pennsylvania citizen

August 3, 2007

To the family and loved ones of Chief Luis Castillo and his fellow officers with the Jal Police Department:

On this the fifth anniversary week of Luis' tragic death, I wanted to honor and remember him today.

His valor and courage will never be forgotten. The lessons he taught to those he mentored will be carried forward.

I hope that God is holding him in the sweetest part of his heart and the most gentle part of his soul.

I am so sorry that Luis was robbed of his life so tragically, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Luis gave to his community and the citizens of New Mexico, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 3, 2001.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD
eow 4/24/05

August 4, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

March 10, 2006

You will be rembered!!!!!!!

Dona Ana County Sheriffs Dept

My family will pray for the family, friends and law enforcement community during this very difficult time.
God Bless all.

Janice Starnes -wife of-
Sgt. Dan R. Starnes
Morgan Co. Sheriff Dept.
Killed in the Line of Duty
July 10, 2001


I have known officer Castillo since I was a very young child, he worked with my father Joe Johnson (whom passed away on aug 15, 2000) for several years in Carlsbad NM my father also worked under chief Castillo in Jal NM where I got to know him much better he became a good close friend in the time that I lived in Jal. not only the city of Jal and the citizens of Jal lose a great officer, but I also lost a close friend Luis we will all miss you very much and I hope that you and my father dont give em too much hell up there in heaven I love both of you and know that you are looking down on me.

Citizen Robert E. Johnson

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 Dept., NJ

To the family and friends of Chief Castillo, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

God Bless you always

Terry Miyares
Officer Emilio Miyares
Hialeah Police Dept., Florida
E/O/W 11/6/86

Terry Miyares,
Hialeah Police Dept.

To the family, friends and Department of Chief Castillo;
Times like these I sit back and a tear comes to my eyes. The question arises to Brothers and Sisters of law enforcement agencies, "Why?".Such tragedies arise because of things that are beyond our control.Even though I never met Chief Castillo before, my Thoughts and prayers go out to the Department, family and friends.."May you rest in peace Castillo, Your tour in hells beat is over."

Recruit Burchfield
Acadamy Recruit

On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #1, our deepest heartfelt condolences on this tragic loss. We will always remember your bravery, dedication, and ultimate sacrifice in protecting our Nation, and your community. This service was not in vain, for it displayed uncommon valor in ths collective effort to free our Nation from the evil that exists in our world today.
"The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stonghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you." Psalm 9:9-10

John D. Sainz, Chaplain
Tucson Police Department

To the Family, Relatives, Friends and Work Colleagues of Chief Luis Castillo,

Our prayer for you is that you will rely on the Lord's strength and grace during this difficult time. Our arms of love are extended to each of you.

May the Lord bless and Keep You,

Jack H. Lanier, Jr.
Chaplain, Longview Police Department

Longview Police Department (TX)

Rest In Peace.

Special Agent Darin L. Paul
FBI Detroit

May God have mercy upon his soul and grant his family consolation and solace.
Frank & Aleidy Piloto
Miami, Florida

Frank A. Piloto, Jr., Retired
Miami Dade Police Department

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13
Thank you Chief Castillo for your sacrifice. May you be granted eternal rest and your family and friends find comfort from the Lord.


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