At a small ceremony hosted by the San Diego Police Officers Association, Jane De Guzman choked back tears talking about the night her husband died and the last conversation they shared.
“The last time I spoke with him was 9:48 p.m. July 28. We talked about the problem of my car - that he will fix it that night when he comes home. And then we said, 'I love you, hon,'" she said. "I felt something that time, but I just thought he’s just in the middle of something. But I didn’t know that was the last words I will hear from him which I will always remember."
Officer De Guzman and his partner Officer Wade Irwin were both shot during a routine stop that day.
Jesse Gomez, 52, is accused of shooting Irwin in the throat. He then turned the gun on De Guzman -- shooting him five times at close range while he was still strapped in the driver's seat. He later died of those injuries.
San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said it has been a tough loss for the department, but San Diego is a special community that always comes together during difficult times.
"Just the sheer tragedy of that night and all the pain and devastation that that was, but to now see the outpouring of love and support right here, I mean, that just goes to show what kind of community we have the City of San Diego. Second to none,” said Zimmerman.
Jane said even though nothing will bring her husband back, she’s forever grateful to everyone, including those she may never know who have gone out of their way to ease the pain of their loss.
“I want to thank everyone for the love and support, especially for the people I don’t even know...I’m overwhelmed and amazed for the gestures during the hard times. It’s more than three months that my husband passed away. And it’s still hard for us to believe that his life was taken away,” said De Guzman. “Again, with all my heart, thank you so much. Thank you for all the support and love I really appreciate it. Thank you.”
The suspected police shooter Gomez will appear in court next on December 12.