Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Special Agent Octavio Gonzales

United States Department of Justice - Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Government

End of Watch Monday, December 13, 1976

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Reflections for Special Agent Octavio Gonzales

Condolences to his family and his friends

Carson loveless

March 26, 2024

SA Gonzalez
Thank you for your outstanding service to this great nation. You bring honor to our profession. I'm not sure there is a more dangerous job--apprehending drug traffickers in a foreign country is always a dangerous mission. I know the former head of the the DEA in Columbia and you and others, like my friend were chasing some of the world's most dangerous criminals. You were no doubt an exceptional agent and father.

Jim Lopey, Asst. Sheriff (ret.)
Washoe County Sheriff's Office (Reno, Nv.) & NVDPS &FBINA

December 13, 2022

Rest in peace Special Agent Gonzales.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 13, 2021

Agent Gonzalez,
On today, the 43rd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 13, 2019

Yo soy Angelique Ledoux, mi madre es Sandra Gonzalez una de las hijas de Octavio Gonzalez. Vivo muy orgullosa de ser nieta de Octavio. El amor mucho a my Abuela Mariella Gonzalez. Hombre como mi abuelo nunca habra.

Que en Paz descanse.

Angelique Ledoux

October 6, 2018

Makes me proud, even though I never got to meet my grandfather. Unknowingly wanting to follow in his foot steps makes my days stronger.

With peace of mind,


February 29, 2016

Octavio was my uncle, ya'll made a mistake.... his last name is both with "z"... my name is Dennis, just like his youngest brother andhis son, my cousin Dennis. Ya'll should listen my dad, George his brother, side of the story.... Octavio was a true hero... spoke 7 languages and come january he was going to graduate as an architect, his 4th degree. Love to all the Gonzalez' and our families.

Dennis Gonzalez

June 4, 2013

I remember my brother often. He was killed the day before my birthday. He was a wonderful human being and a caring brother. He was taken much too soon.

Love you always,

Maritza Izquierdo

December 6, 2012

I was Octavio Gonzalez' secretary at the American Embassy in Bogota for two years prior to his murder. Shortly after I left my job it was a shame that he was moved out of the Embassy and placed in an office across the street. The lack of security made it possible for the cartel to have access to such an amazing and devoted man. I will never understand this.

Isabel Wilson
DEA secretary for Octavio Gonzalez

July 30, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you.
Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 13, 2011

Special Agent Gonzales, thank you for your service to the DEA and the USA.

SSA Ellen Pierson

December 13, 2009

"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

January 19, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 7, 2007

Heroes and the sacrifices they make are never forgotten. Agent Gonzales, you are a true hero and you are not forgotten.

Salem, VA

December 13, 2006

You are sorely missed partner, your street dedication honoring your name is next week. Love you always,

Former S/A Ralph Castillo
Co-worker and partner

October 7, 2006

We will remember Octavio. Your sacrifice for Law & Order is not in vain. God's Blessings to your family and friends that miss you so. I too as your brother officer will not forget you. (7-17-03)

Sr. Trooper Keith Miller
Oregon State Police

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