Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Nash Phillip Garcia

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Friday, April 11, 1952

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Reflections for Patrolman Nash Phillip Garcia

You left this life too early. You nor your family deserved this. You shall forever be remembered. May you watch over us for all eternity.

Juliana Cummings

July 8, 2022

In Honor And Respect, Patrolman Nash Phillip Garcia, Sir, Thank You For Your Dedicated Years Of Service To Law Enforcement And For The Ultimate Sacrifice That You Made... Your Life Was Taken Away In Such A Tragic And Devastating Way !!! You Are Honored And Remembered Today, Patrolman Nash Phillip Garcia... May Peace, Blessings, And Strength Be With Your Family... May You Rest In Eternal Peace, Sir...

Gail Mercado

April 11, 2021

Nash Garcia is my grand uncle. His sister, Rosa Lena Garcia Aragon was my grandmother. I was born four years after Nash died so never knew him. However, my family would visit his widow, Martha, and their three daughters, Yvonne, Yolanda and Yvette whenever we drove through Grants. I have fond memories of all of them.

Jeri Aragon Simpson

July 19, 2020

To the Family of New Mexico State Officer Garcia,

My sincerest condolences to the loss of your son, brother, Dad, and Husband. I was not even born when this horrible incident occurred but my mom remembers it all too well with alot of sadness.
I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you & yours lots of love & prayers.
Ms. De Haven Solimon Chaffins
Signature Artist for the New Mexico Nursing Excellence Awards

Ms. De Haven Solimon Chaffins

May 30, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Garcia.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 27, 2019

I remember attending the yearly Officer Memorial for Officer Garcia and Officer Aragon. They are the the only two officers killed in the line of duty in the community. Years later I was lucky to marry Officer Garcia's beautiful Great Grand daughter. Although she never met him, his memory always remained. My 4 year old son loves everything about Law Enforcement and wants to be just like Dad. My son knows about his Great Great Grandfather and knows he is a Hero. His legacy will continue to be carried on.

Sergeant Joseph Galindo
Grants Police Department

February 14, 2018

MY son is the Great Great Grandson of Officer Garcia. As a LEO myself I an honored for my son to be related to an Honorable man. My son takes pride in knowing that his Great Great Grandfather was a Police Officer like dad and he will never be forgotten.

Sergeant Joseph Galindo
Grants Police Department

February 14, 2018

On May 5, 2016 Officer Nash Garcia's name was added to the National Bureau of Indian Affairs Memorial located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia New Mexico. His death occurred on the Acoma Indian Reservation therefore, allowing his name to be placed on the Memorial honoring all Officers killed in the line of duty in Indian Country.

Although this honor was a long time in coming it shows that Officers killed in the line of duty are never forgotten.

Retired Sergent D.L. Kiper
New Mexico State Police

April 13, 2016



March 7, 2016

New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas attended your wifes 102nd Birthday today and the media (KOB) did a nice article about the story. Salud from Elche, Spain

A. Nogales

July 30, 2015

I was approximately 14 when you were murdered. I worked at The Old West Trading Post in Bluewater when this heinous event went down. All of us at the trading post loved, respected and admired you. You were an officer, a gentleman and a wonderfully important friend. I am so sorry you were taken away in so untimely a manner. We loved you and we miss you. We hope your wife had a happy birthday this year.
Gary S.Dannenbaum


July 29, 2015

Thank you for ther service and protection you provided for over 10 years. Your honorable service, courage, and sacrifice have not been forgotten or lost to the pages of history. You will always be in my family's prayers. Rest easy my brother

Herb Fernandez
Detention Corporal
Midland County Sheriff's Office TX
Honor Guard Member

April 11, 2013

I was 12 years old when Nash Garcia was killed. It had a great impact on me. I went to school with his middle daughter Yolonda. Nash Garcia and Bob Baca were the reason why I entered into law enforcemant. Bob and his wife came to visit us in Las Vegas, NV many times. I was not a "good kid" when I was young, but these two men made an impact in my life. I'm 73 now, and I'm thankful for men like these who impacted my life in a positive way. God Bless Nash Garcia and Bob Baca and their families.

Narcotics Detective, John Lucero
Las Vegas Police Dept., Las Vegas, NV

March 28, 2013

On this the 60th Anniversary of your passing, we take a time to remember you Trooper Garcia. You are not forgotten. RIP Brother.

TFC Widener, Len
Connecticut State Police

April 11, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 60th 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 line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 11, 2012

Thanks for your services.


April 11, 2012



May 5, 2008

Life is short, and yours made even shorter by the poor judgement of certain individuals. Although your death was over fifty years ago, it is still remembered and heard about today. Your story will not be forgotten. Rest in peace.


December 18, 2007

My heart aches for you and your family. Such a heinous and cowardly act. 20 years prison time for such an act? Our justice system needs to be revamped. Shame on us all for letting such a thing happen. May you find comfort being craddled in the arms of our Lord. Thank you sir for your service.

Robert A. Miller - Retired
Detroit Police Department

November 14, 2007

Officer Garcia was from my home town of Grants. He was ambushed and killed on duty, while I was ambushed and shot on duty also, but I survived. Almost 18 years seperate our incidents, but still we are brothers over the years. Rest in Peace brother. You are not forgotten in Grants, Nash. R.M.

Former Patrolman
Western New Mexico University Police

July 25, 2006

Patrolman Garcia,
On today, the 54th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of New Mexico. I think it was a travesty of justice that your murderers only got twenty years when they should have at least got life.


April 11, 2006

Patrolman Garcia, thank you for your service. What a terrible crime it was that needlessly took your life. Though the suspects were caught and punished here on Earth, they will still face another judge and jury.

Michelle - wife of LEO

April 11, 2006

Interestingly, I have known this man my entire life without ever having met him. He is my grandfather and I am proud that people continue to remember him and the contribution(s) he made to his career and to his family. It is my understanding that being a State Police Officer was his life and his family has taken comfort in knowing that he died doing what he loved.

Jillian Montano

October 4, 2005

No officer should be without reflections. Such a violent crime! At least you are in a better place. Rest in peace on this christmas eve 2004! you aren't forgotten.

Special Officer
Idaho State Univ. Public Safety

December 25, 2004

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