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'Brother, your watch has just begun': Slain LAPD officer honored at funeral

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Garcetti, at times fighting back tears, said many young people talk about becoming police officers but eventually pursue other professions. He thanked Diaz's family for their sacrifice and dismissed the "what if" possibilities that led to Diaz's fatal encounter. Diaz carried the wherewithal to do what was right when spotting something wrong, the mayor said.

"Juan Diaz didn't just do what was right some of the time," Garcetti said. "Juan reminds us that our lives are worth something."

Sarahy Diaz said her brother told her weeks ago that he was "on top" of the world after hitting a trifecta: He achieved his dream job, fell in love with his girlfriend and fixed up his "sexy truck." She recalled Diaz always wanting to hold riveting discussions with his siblings into the late hours and sing country music in the shower.

He made a better police officer than a country singer, she joked, but said she will miss him belting tunes. Her brother, she said, never wavered in his pursuit to join the LAPD.

"You showed what it is to be fearless," she said. "You will forever be the piece of magic that the world needs."

Near the end of her remarks, she said mourners would hear the end-of-watch call for her brother -- a ceremonial radio call signifying an officer has fallen in the line of duty. She called it her brother's beginning -- not end.


"Brother, your watch has just begun," Sarahy Diaz said.

Diaz became the 211th LAPD officer to die in the line of duty. He was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.

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