Visitation Thursday, Funeral Update for Des Moines Officer Puente-Morales

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Thursday, Des Moines police turn to honoring a second officer killed in the line of duty.

Officer Carlos Puente-Morales was killed early Saturday in a fiery head-on collision along Interstate 80 that also claimed the lives of three other people, including his partner Officer Susan FarrellTosha Hyatt and Ben Beary died in the crash as well.

Puente-Morales served in the National Guard before recently becoming a Des Moines police officer. At the Iowa National Guard Office in Des Moines Wednesday, soldiers paid tribute to the fallen officers. They posted a sign with an American flag at the office.

Officer Puente-Morales’ roots within the state ran deep as he was both an officer in Des Moines and Ottumwa. He had a strong impact on the Latino community in both places

He leaves behind two sons and a daughter.

A visitation is being held Thursday at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A 7:00 p.m. rosary service is also being held at the church located at 7075 Ashworth Rd.

Funeral services are being held at the same church at 8:30 a.m. Friday followed by internment at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter.

A memorial fund has been set up to assist Officer Puente-Morales’ family. You can find more information here.

Procession route for Officer Puente-Morales' funeral Friday.

Procession route for Officer Puente-Morales' funeral Friday.

 

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