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Officer Kenneth Shawn McWethy

Albuquerque Police Department, New Mexico

End of Watch Saturday, February 1, 1986

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Reflections for Officer Kenneth Shawn McWethy

Never forgotten my old classmate.

Detective Walter Siegel Retired
Shaker Heights, Ohio

February 1, 2020

Remembering you Shawn. You are missed.

Gretta Nunley Boyer
APD's 53rd classmate

February 1, 2020

Rest in peace Officer McWethy.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 25, 2019

30 years since that fateful date. Think of you often and pray for your family!

Citizen of ABQ friend of APD

February 6, 2016

Tomorrow marks 30 years since that horrible night and you have not been forgotten. I keep the etching of your name off the National Law Enforcement Memorial near my desk with a photo of my daughter pointing to your name. I ended up in law enforcement myself, thanks much to you and your memory. You were such an awesome person....wish you were not taken so soon, so young. Miss you!

Asst Deputy Chief USPO

February 1, 2016

There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs. Some people prefer to believe that evil doesn't exist in the world and if it ever darkened their doorstep, they wouldn't know how to protect themselves. Those are the sheep. Then you've got predators, who use violence to prey on the weak. They're the wolves. And then there are those blessed with the gift of aggression, an overpowering need to protect the flock. These men are the rare breed who live to confront the wolf. They are the sheepdog. …You know who you are. You know your purpose.

Citizen of ABQ
Son of an APD officer

October 30, 2015

I was working in Farmington NM when college friends called me with the news. I was lucky enough to call Shawn a friend when we met at the Univ. of NM, Albuquerque. I still think of him from time to time after all these years. You were a good man Shawn. RIP.
Edison Wato Jr
Washington, DC

Edison R. Wato Jr.
College friend

October 30, 2015

February 1, 1986:
My friends and I were driving back to Albuquerque after attending a basketball game in El Paso (UNM Lobos against the UTEP miners). As we approached Albuquerque we were surprised to see the outbound lanes of I25 blocked by New Mexico State Police and Albuquerque Police, searching every car. No roadblocks on the way in. After I got home about 10 pm, I called my girlfriend Lorna (who is now my wife of 27 years) and she told me to turn on the news. I asked why and she said in a very shocked and sad voice to turn on the news. When I did, I was left speechless and devastated. There was a picture of my friend, Shawn McWethy. He had just been shot and killed while investigation an auto-parts store robbery. In our grief my friends and I drove around the area were he was killed with a reported description of the car the shooter used. We were stupid, grieving and angry and didn't know what else to do. Of course we never found anything and just needed to feel like we were doing something for our friend. It was to date, the saddest day of my life.

I was close with his family and his older brother Matt was in our wedding. Shawn was a UNM student finishing his last year in sociology. We used to hang out in the student union together with our group of friends. I had just spent time with him the previous week. He was 23. I'll never forget that night.

RIP Shawn! We will never forget you!

Randy W. Larsen, Chemistry Professor
University of South Florida

February 11, 2014

Officer McWethy,
On today, the 27th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Albuquerque. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I can't but agree with the other reflections about that POS that murdered you. It's just another sad reflection of the NM legal system.


U.S. Border Patrol

February 1, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 27, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 26th 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

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered.. I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 1, 2012

I’m not a police officer, but I used to be a security guard for a hotel in downtown Albuquerque. During the last week of January 1986 I came into work one night and was notified that the police were on their way. Someone had found a dead body in a park across the street. The park was not our jurisdiction but did play a part in the image of the hotel so I stood guard near the tree where the body was as arriving police officers were putting up yellow “Police Line” tape around the trees. I went back into the hotel, talking to the night auditor, when an Albuquerque police officer came in to talk to me. It was Kenneth Shawn McWethy. He was one of the nicest police officers I have ever met. I was 22, he was 23. He took my statement and when he left I went to talk to the night auditor again, because she asked me to keep her up to date, and I said, “Did you see his eyes? That cop had the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen on a guy.” The night auditor said, “Yes, those are the kind of eyes you never forget.” A few days later I was watching the news when they reported he had been killed in the line of duty. Here we are 25 years later and I never forgot him. Kenneth Shawn McWethy... Rest in peace man.


June 16, 2011

25 years have gone by in a blink of an eye. I will never forget.

Detective Walter Siegel
Shaker Heights Police

February 1, 2011

Just wanted to say I have not forgotten, even after 24 years.

Detective Wlater Siegel
Shaker Heights Police

February 2, 2010

Others may have forgotten, but not me. Sitting here sifting through a pile of fraud reports 23 years later makes me think that for the grace of God there go I

One shift later and it could have been me. Your sacrifice has left a mark on me that will last the rest of my life.

Sometimes life is frustrating, but I then think of you and I am grateful for everyday I have made it through.

Your life was not wasted.

Detective Walter Siegel
Shaker Heights Police

June 9, 2009

Shawn, we met at UNM and we had some great conversations. You would come by Dunkin Donuts on Central when I worked swing & graveyard just to make sure I was ok. You always made me smile. My heart was broken when we lost you. Your friendship is greatly missed. You will never be forgotten. God Bless.


March 22, 2009

Still thinking of you 23 years later.


February 2, 2009

Thinking of you this police memorial week 22 years later.

Detective Walter Siegel
Shaker Heights Police

May 16, 2008

I told my 7-year old daughter about you this week, and how sad I was because it was 21 years ago when "Mommy's friend" died. You will always have a place in my heart. (And that smile - how can anyone forget that smile!) Miss you, Shawn!


February 8, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, Va

January 31, 2008



January 28, 2008

You are missed and loved everyday. I can remember you visiting me a grams house and how you reminded me of the count on sesame street. You will always be in our hearts and prayers. We love you. P.S. you will always be the only 1 hahaha shawn (count) to me.

Monica R. Lucero
little cousin

January 3, 2008

I was a reporter at KOB Radio when this senseless tragedy happened. Officer Shawn McWethy, please know you are remembered. It is hard to believe it has been 21 years since you were lost. You were and always will be a hero.

Dawn Allen Lawson

December 27, 2007

"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 13, 2007

Hey Shawn-
I knew you from St. Pius and got to know you better through your friends Greg Cheshire and Marty Portillo. You always made me laugh and never had an unkind word to say about others. Your loss was so tragic and senseless. I like this tribute page to you and John Careillo. It's good to see your smiling face again. Rest in peace Officer McWethy- you are missed.

Donna Semones

August 8, 2007

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