Fallen SAPD officer honored at memorial

Officer Erees Mukhtar died from injuries in traffic accident

A memorial service was held Tuesday morning for a San Antonio Police Department officer who died in the line of duty.

Most of the service for Officer Erees Mukhtar, 28, was held privately inside Porter Loring Funeral Home downtown. Since Mukhtar was Muslim, his family asked that only close friends and family be allowed in the funeral home.

Some of the service, though, was held publicly in the parking lot of the funeral home at 1001 McCollough Ave., including a traditional 21 volley salute and Taps.

"This is a harsh reminder on every occasion when we lose an officer (that) life is very fragile and can be gone in an instant," SAPD Chief William McManus said.

Mukhtar died Saturday from injuries he suffered in a traffic crash Dec. 10 in the 3700 block of Medical Drive. Police officials said Mukhtar was responding to a non-emergency call when he hit a wet patch and lost control and hit an oncoming truck in the opposite lane.

The fallen officer, a native of New York, had been on the force for about a year and a half.

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