She was a rookie police officer with Escondido P.D.
Perez reportedly admitted to the murder and setting the fire during questioning. But at his arraignment Friday afternoon in Murrieta, he pleaded not guilty.
Meanwhile, back at the Escondido Police headquarters, they continue to mourn the loss of Officer Laura Perez who had been with the department less than a year.
“I’ll never forget the smile on her face, this was an individual that showed up to work every single day with a smile,” said Escondido Police Chief Craig Carter.
Chief Carter said a memorial is planned in honor of Officer Perez although the date has not been set. It will be held in Riverside where she was from.
A trust fund has been set up to help the officer’s four year old daughter and her family. Those who want to contribute are asked to drop off donations at the Escondido Police Department located on Centre City Parkway just north of the 78 freeway. People may also contact the Escondido Police Officers Association to donate.