Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Maria Michelle Groves

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, April 10, 1987

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Reflections for Officer Maria Michelle Groves

I think of Michelle often and have since the day she saved me from going downtown. She was a sweet heart, down to earth and ready to serve. The world is a far lesser place with out her and my memories of her are cherished.

Christian Pontikes

November 15, 2019

Didn't even realize this was available for those who knew you I think of you often lately mainly because though it's been wow 30 something years now since I met you that day when you got a job at Tom Gray Nissan as you was still going through the academy and we both were PBX operators there working the day shift was a very small room so we got to know each other pretty well and very intimately with our private life I didn't know you as a police officer or didn't grow up with you and graduate with you but I got to know you the young woman that was just starting her life her whole life ahead of her and everything that was important to you all your dreams your love to be a police officer and all that hard work that you put into it I was devastated when just a mere two years later after being on that police force and you were worked so hard to get to that point I found out that you were gone by a senseless idiot drinking and driving taking your whole life your dreams away from you and I was until actually recently you got back on my mind again you would peak in there from time to time and I would smile with a tear remember you and our talks every day and that little room everything that you want it to be in your life I got to hear all your hopes all your dreams and even your disappointments and sadness from your life until then and I treasure those conversations that only I got to hear but I recently rented a home a second home that I have to a young lady who's a DPS and just the way she handled herself and the fact she's so young and she looked a lot like you in some ways it just came all back and I googled your name just so I don't know see you and there an here I saw where you can leave a reflection and I'm just leaving you one I loved our short but meaningful friendship and I loved the time I got to spend with you and one day we will meet again rest in peace

Lanet Storm

May 17, 2019

Rest In Peace Sister LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. Never forgotten.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 10, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Groves. Young and heroic!. Too young and beautiful.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 27, 2019

Dear Michelle, I have never forgotten about you and your undying support of me during our relationship. When I got the call that you and Danny were setting flares to direct a wreck and a multiple offender ran you over, I couldn't believe it. At the wake I was weak and fainted. Seeing you in uniform in the was surreal. You had my back in my applying to become an HPD. I was still rehabing my knee from football at Tech. I miss you still. I know we dated for almost a year and I was always the one to back off as I was insecure and really envied you.
I love you and remember I had only said that once before meeting you.
God Bless You!
Michael Lindsay, "Groves' boyfriend'

Mike Lindsay, FR, RRT

December 30, 2018

Michelle, On this Christmas Day Steve & I are remembering you and all of the great times and crazy police calls we went on together.

You are often thought of and will never be forgotten. It still blows my mind that you were baptized the week before you died. You fulfilled God's plan!

We will be roommates again one day. Love you girl.

Steve & Karen Jerger
HPD (ret)

December 25, 2018

Officer Groves, I only knew her by “Groves” and still to this day remember her cheerful nature. It has taken me years to overcome her loss and the loss of other officers while I was with HPD. I refused to cover my badge the days following her death. I couldn’t force myself to accept that she was gone. She is still fondly remembered and those thoughts are cherished.

Good by Michelle, you are not forgotten.

Ron Ball, HPD
HPD, co-worker

September 8, 2018

Rest in peace my sister.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

April 10, 2018

May you rest in peace Sister. Our prays and condolences goes out to the family and the Houston Police Department.

Daryl G. Allen, MSgt
USAF, Retired

April 10, 2017

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

April 10, 2017


It does not seem real that it has been 30 years. It seems like just yesterday that we were at eating at Denny's during their "Strawberry Celebration in April" talking about everything. I do miss you and there is not a day that goes by the I do not think of you. It is comforting to know that you are in Heaven. I know that God needs a great friend like you.

You will always have a special place in my heart.

Love you !

Derek D. Spier
Retired Houston Police Department
AP Government
Cinco Ranch High School

Derek D Spier
Cinco Ranch High School

April 10, 2017

I learned about your death through a friend who was on scene with you during this horrible, unnecessary event. Though many years have passed, my prayers begin. Rest in peace faithful servant.

Chaplain Ray Vann
Lufkin Police Department

June 3, 2016

Rest in Peace Officer Maria Michelle Groves. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Houston, Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever pursue the scum responsible for your death!


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, Texas

April 10, 2016

I think of you so often. That smile, the personality that defined the word "bubbly," your infectious laugh. I'm blessed to have known you. Merry Christmas in Heaven, beautiful girl.

Friend and HHS classmate

December 23, 2015

My sweet Shelle... We met in high school and quickly became bff's. We shared so many of life's hills, the ups and the downs, and everything in between. I miss you soooo much. And I think of you soooo often. There's so much we should've shared together. Our children should've played together and we should've been meeting for dinners or movies or talking about life's latest twists and turns... I miss you, my sweet friend. I really, really, miss you... but I'm sure you know that. Save a spot in Heaven for me.

Kimberly H Bissell

January 26, 2014

You left us way too early, but you will never be forgotten.

Sght. J Parker

December 25, 2013

Heroes live forever, Officer Groves, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

April 10, 2013

michele i think of yu often i directed traffic loads of times and was always afraid i would be hit drivers dont seem to care. bless you, ill never forget you, dannt vaughan houston police class 112.


September 28, 2012

Thank you for your service and sacrafice to the citizens of Houston and the Great State of Texas. You are not forgotten!!!!

Michael Keck, Criminal Investigator
Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice-OIG

April 10, 2012

Rest in peace, Officer Groves. Your service and sacrifice to the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas will never be forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

April 10, 2012

We graduated high school together and also attended the same church in Hudson,TX. I am a retired United States Army soldier having spent 20 years serving the USA. I love this country and I know what it takes to keep it free. I served 5 combat tours and came home without a physical scratch. Lost some good friends keeping it free also. You, like what I have done, served the public abd you gave your life trying to make Houston a safer place. In the military we often have classes to promote safe actions of soldiers. During one such class, a class about the dangers of drinking and driving, your picture was shown to show what could happen if you drink and drive. The slide presentation was presented with Garth Brooks' "The Dance". Every time that I hear that song I think of you. This presentation was presented in Washington State at Fort Lewis, so just know your legacy is still effecting others after all these years. This year marks 29 years since we graduated from high school. I am going to sign off now but I want to leave you with a quote, "ALL GAVE SOME, BUT SOME GAVE ALL" You are buried across town at the Garden of Memories here in Lufkin. God was not ready for me when I served those tours of combat because I still have something left to do before I will be my time, as for you, your journey was complete. RIP my sister, you will never be forgotten.

SSG (RET) James Michael "Mike" Cook
High School Classmates who attended church together.

March 21, 2012


Yesterday afternoon, my grand daughter was born. My son and his wife named her Julia Michelle Spier. Both of the grandmothers' name is Julie, so they named her Julia for them. The middle name was in your honor, they both know what a special friend you are to me. Derek Ryan, who was born the year after your death. It was always funny, Julie and I always had a girl's name (and had two boys). Victoria Michelle Spier would have been the name of our daughter. So, the kids knew that their daughter should have that very special name.
You truly have touched many people.
Miss you !!

Derek D. Spier
Sergeant (Retired) 1983 - 2010
Houston Police Department
US Government and Economics Teacher
Cinco Ranch High School

Derek D. Spier Sergeant (retired)
Houston Police Department

December 14, 2011

Officer Groves,
On today, the 24th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Houston. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



April 10, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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.

In looking at your picture, I can see you were a beautiful young woman. I am so sorry you were robbed of your life at such a young age.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 10, 2009

I was Officer Groves supervisor at the time of her death. I can not believe its been almost 22 years since that horrible night. I spoke to Michelle and her partner Danny a few hours before the DWI suspect ran her down. I was on the scene after the incident and have always felt guilty that I was not there when it happen. Maybe if one more officer was there, maybe the DWI suspect's vehicle could have been deverted. Derek, Michelle loved you very much. Rest in Peace, you will always be remembered.

Sgt. Charlie Allbright
Houston Police Dept.

March 1, 2009

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