Family and friends gathered at Greenlawn Southwest Saturday to celebrate the life of Frank Pascua, a retired BPD officer who was killed on Christmas Eve in Arizona.
"In one word, friend, it pretty much sums it up," said Tony Bales, a family friend of Pascua.
Bales recalled how Pascua was always willing to assist anyone he came into contact with.
"The way he lost his life is just, is just the way he lived his life, you know, as service to others," said Bales.
"He was always there to help".
Benjamin Rodriguez, a former high school classmate of Pascua, seconded Bales' sentiments.
"He would literally give you his shirt off his back," Rodriguez said.
Pascua was killed on Christmas Eve outside the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Arizona shortly before 9 P.M. Police say Pascua and John Campos Sr. got into an argument in the parking lot. Police say Campos then shot Pascua before stealing a car and fleeing the area. Campos was on the run for a week before police arrested Campos after a short chase.
Campos pled not guilty to federal charges of carjacking and use of a firearm during a crime of violence resulting in death. His trial will begin March 1st in U.S. District Court in Arizona.