Angel Velasquez, seen at his Explorer program graduation, was studying criminal justice at College of Southern Nevada. (Source: LVMPD)
The flag-draped casket of Angel Velasquez arrives at Trinity Life Church on Aug. 7, 2013. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
The pews at Trinity Life Church were packed with people during Velasquez's funeral on Aug. 7, 2013. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Hundreds of people attended the funeral Wednesday of 19-year-old Angel Velasquez, who dreamed of one day becoming a police officer.
According to police, Velasquez was riding his motorcycle on Sahara Avenue on Aug. 1, when a vehicle driven by Jvon Williams turned onto Sahara from Van Patten Street. They said Velasquez hit his brakes, his bike fell and he and the motorcycle then hit the side of Williams' car. They said Williams then left the scene of the crash, but was arrested a short time later after a bystander wrote down his license plate number.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's Explorers program, which gives volunteers hands-on law enforcement experience, said Velasquez joined the program at 16 years old, and excelled almost immediately.
On Wednesday, family, friends and police officers attended Velasquez's funeral at Trinity Life Church on East St. Louis Avenue.
Officers wore black bands over their badges, and the department's honor guard was set to present a flag to Velasquez's family.
Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie said he never met Velasquez, but said he attended the funeral, because the Explorer program is a big part of the department.
"Explorers are our little brothers and sisters," said Metro Officer Jose Hernandez, during the funeral. "No doubt, he would have been a fine officer."
"I ask myself why, why my brother? Why would they take him away? He was 19. He had so much to live for. He hasn't even begun life," said Angel Velasquez's sister, Jacqueline Velasquez.
"He will always be in our hearts. Now I have a little angel watching over me," said Angel Velasquez's mother, Marivel Jimenez.
A candlelight vigil will be held at 8 p.m. at the intersection, where Velasquez was killed.
Williams was charged with driving under the influence, and felony hit-and-run.
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