SAN ANTONIO – The high school football season began on a somber note in San Antonio as members of the San Antonio Police Department filled the home sideline at the San Antonio Independent School District Sports Complex.
They were there to see Lanier High School retire the jersey of Officer Miguel Moreno, a 2002 graduate who was killed in the line of duty June 29.
“It was hard. It was hard being out there,” said Lanier head football coach Don Gaitan. “Seeing one of my ex-players at that age, I know he was a police officer here in town, but to lose him at such a young age is devastating.”
Gaitan presented Moreno’s family with jersey No. 63, which was Moreno’s number during his playing days. That number is now retired at Lanier.
“It's a great tribute to Miguel's family and one of our fallen officers,” SAPD Sgt. Rene Martinez said. “We have about maybe 10 or 15 police officers, including myself, that graduated from Lanier, and we're here in support for the family.”
Special stickers bearing Moreno’s jersey number along with his badge, No. 1603, were passed out to Lanier’s opponent, Holy Cross, which wore the decals on their helmets for Thursday night’s game. It was another layer of support.
“Just letting the family know that we still remember and we're still here to support you,” Gaitan said.