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Visitation Monday for SAISD officer killed outside restaurant

Services for Officer Cliff Martinez to take place on Tuesday

SAISD detective Cliff Martinez, who was killed while working security on Dec. 21, 2019.
SAISD detective Cliff Martinez, who was killed while working security on Dec. 21, 2019. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Independent School District announced services for Officer Cliff Martinez and a new scholarship “as a tribute to the work and life” of the slain detective.

A visitation for Martinez, who was hit by two suspects in a car and killed while working off-duty as a security guard Dec. 21 at an IHOP on the Southeast Side, will be held 4-9 p.m. Jan. 6 at Porter Loring Mortuary at 1101 McCullough Ave. Services are set for 10:15 a.m. Jan. 7 at Community Bible Church at 2477 N. Loop 1604 E.

The Cliff Martinez Memorial Scholarship for SAISD students will honor the officer who worked in the district’s police department for 28 years.

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The scholarship will be given to students enrolled in police explorer programs and pursuing a career as a police officer, the district said.

For more information on how to donate to the scholarship, click here.

The Cliff Martinez Memorial Scholarship has been established to support SAISD students in Police Explorer programs who...

Posted by San Antonio ISD on Friday, December 27, 2019

Martinez was killed after a fight inside the IHOP escalated outside. He was assaulted by two men before they both got into a vehicle and ran him over on purpose, according to SAPD.

Alfredo Martinez, 22, and Jorge Lopez, 23, have since been charged with capital murder.

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Lopez faces an additional charge of felony drug possession, and Alfredo Martinez faces an additional charge of resisting arrest, according to county booking records.

Because the victim was a law enforcement officer, a charge of capital murder was automatic.

IHOP San Antonio said in a statement that Cliff Martinez was a security guard for “many years.” The franchise created an online fundraiser after the tragedy, and said they will match money raised to up $30,000.

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story erroneously stated that Officer Martinez was shot and killed. Martinez was not shot; he was run over by two suspects in a car.


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