Mourning the unexpected death of their fellow officer, Santa Monica police on Wednesday announced a fundraising campaign to help his family.
Rashad Riley died in a drowning accident in Kauai on April 12, leaving behind a wife and three children, according to the Santa Monica Police Officers’ Association. He was 40.
Riley served with the Santa Monica Police Department for the past three years, mentoring young people as part of the Santa Monica Police Explorer and Santa Monica Police Activities League programs, SMPOA said. He also worked with the department’s Homeless Liaison Program.
“With an infectious and genuine smile, he always demonstrated compassion and empathy when interacting with the community,” said a statement from SMPOA.
Riley will “truly be missed by his SMPD family, all those who served the City of Santa Monica along with him, and all community members he so deeply touched,” the group said.
Riley was swimming back to shore at the rocky Keoneloa Bay when he appeared to struggle around 2:40 p.m. on April 12, the Honolulu-Star Advertiser reported Monday, before officials released his identity. Witnesses called 911 when they lost sight of him.
A helicopter crew, along with some surfers, found him at about 3:20 p.m., the outlet reported. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Those who wish to make a donation to his family can visit a GoFundMe page set up by the Santa Monica Police Officer’s Association or contact its office at email@example.com or 310-393-1003.
The entire Santa Monica Police family joins the Police Officers Association in mourning the loss of Officer Rashad Riley. On April 12, 2019, Officer Riley passed away in a tragic drowning accident. He leaves behind his loving wife, as well as three beautiful children. pic.twitter.com/OiVA8GOFJe
— Santa Monica Police (@SantaMonicaPD) April 17, 2019