Public Memorial Service Held for Slain TSA Officer

Gerardo Hernandez, the Transportation Security Administration officer who was killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport on November 1, was honored Tuesday at a public memorial service in Los Angeles.

Gerardo Hernandez Transportation Security Administration Officer

Gerardo Hernandez (Credit: family photo)

Hernandez, 39, was the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty.

The fallen TSA agent was honored during a gathering at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, where hundreds of uniformed law enforcement officer appeared to remember Hernandez.

Down on one knee, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Rand Beers delivered a folded flag to Hernandez.

Among those who spoke at the service were U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti.

“Four million souls in this city, but there was only one Gerardo,” Garcetti said.

Suspected gunman Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, has been charged in the shooting. He was critically wounded after being shot by LAX police.

Also Tuesday, Ciancia’s condition was upgraded from critical to fair condition, according to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he had been taken after being shot by airport police.


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