Gorell Park statue honoring fallen police officers vandalized

Park named after Edwin Gorrell, who was killed in line of duty in 1988

SAN ANTONIO - A statue honoring fallen police officers in Gorrell Park off DeZavala Road was vandalized a week after it was erected.

The park is named after Edwin Gorrell, who was killed in the line of duty in 1988. The sculpture was erected last week and Gorell's widow Linda says something has been done to the statue almost every night since then.

"These officers, they take a bullet for the people here in San Antonio," said Gorrell. "The least they can do is show some respect for them. This is a tribute to the officers and their families."

Gorrell said just knowing someone could do something like this makes her sick.

"This is a widow (talking about the statue)," said Gorrell. "She's holding a letter about her husband being killed. Everyone of us, as a widow, we relate to this and for someone to desecrate it like that it really hurts."

Gorrell said she hopes the city can help protect the statue by clearing out some of the brush so it could be more visible from the street, and by adding security cameras and more lighting.

She is also hoping the community will step up.

"I'm hoping that the community around here will keep an eye on it," she said. "We saw a lot of people come through here, walking their dogs. Just keep an eye on it, the kids, the people that are in here. Help us protect it because it's for them too."

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Statue for fallen police officers vandalized


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