Tiffany Enriquez, shot to death on Jan. 19 while responding to a call in the Diamond Head area, was honored by law enforcement, family and friends Thursday.
Memorial services for Honolulu police officer Tiffany Enriquez took place at the Diamond Head Memorial Park Thursday morning. She and Officer Kaulike Kalama were fatally shot while responding to a call on Jan. 19 at a Diamond Head area home. The suspect, 69-year-old Jerry “Jarda” Hanel, is also believed to have murdered his landlady, attacked a neighbor, and set a fire that destroyed or damaged numerous homes in the neighborhood.
Honolulu police officers consoled each other at Enriquez’s memorial service at Diamond Head Memorial Park. Hundreds of HPD officers attended the service. HPD Deputy Chief John McCarthy has said officers were traumatized by their colleagues’ sudden deaths.
HPD officers parked their motorcycles in preparation for a “pass and review,” in which hundreds of law enforcement officers and public safety officials passed through the chapel where Enriquez’s casket was resting to pay their respects.
Enriquez’s service included prayers, eulogies and remembrances by loved ones. Jasmine Enriquez, her daughter, described her mother as “perfect” and added, “Whatever she did, she did out of pure love.” Enriquez’s boyfriend J.D. Baba said, “She saw a world where everyone deserves a smile.” Her father Peter Bilon said, “She did what she wanted to do.” Her ex-husband John Andrew Enriquez said, “Tiffany was the heart, soul and foundation of our family.”
The 172nd recruit class of the Honolulu Police Department saluted Officer Tiffany Enriquez. Enriquez was part of that class, joining HPD in 2013. By then, she was already a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee. Enriquez “accomplished more in her life than most people her age,” her friend, Joy Meno, said during her eulogy.
A procession of vehicles arrived at the Honolulu Police Department headquarters at 801 S. Beretania St. Law enforcement personnel from not only Hawaii but across the country traveled to Honolulu, including those representing police departments in Aurora, Colo., Anaheim, Calif., Seattle and San Francisco.
A hearse carrying the casket of Officer Tiffany Enriquez arrived at HPD headquarters while a crowd of law enforcement, civilian workers and the public watched. It was followed by a limousine transporting family members of Enriquez, who were saluted by HPD officers.
Honolulu police officers saluted the hearse as it drove by the crowd on Beretania Street in front of HPD headquarters. The crowd mostly watched in silence.
Honolulu police officers fired their rifles in remembrance of Officer Tiffany Enriquez, who was remembered as a “special person” by Malcolm Lutu, the president of State of Hawaii Organization for Police Officers. “She’d light up the room,” he added. Lutu served with her in the Waikiki district.
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