New Mexico

Hundreds gather to honor slain, retired LCPD officer J.R. Stewart

Hundreds gather to honor slain...

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico - J.R. Stewart was a friend, a loved one and a mentor to so many in Southern New Mexico.

The retired Las Cruces Police officer was laid to rest on Saturday at Saint Joseph's Cemetery, with hundreds in attendance.

“Normally when somebody passes away people always bring out the good stuff," said Robert Gonzalez, a former LCPD officer who trained Stewart. "With J.R. it’s impossible to find a bad thing to say about him.”

The procession started at Baca's Funeral home at 8 a.m. The procession stopped at the Las Cruces Police headquarters for one final salute from officers. It then continued to St. Genevieve's Catholic Church.

“The Las Cruces Police Department is overwhelmed and proud of the support we’ve received today — and last night, and this whole week for one of our fallen officers," Las Cruces police spokesman Dan Trujillo said. “He was a mentor to many of our officers. He was the god father to many of our officers’ children."

Stewart was laid to rest at Saint Joseph's Cemetery after mass.

“He was the kind of friend you always wanted. He was the kind of police officer that you could run to. He was the kind of police officer, friend that you wouldn’t shy away from. That speaks volumes,” Gonzalez said. "J.R. Stewart — a great representative of the city and the people.”