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City pays tribute to two Tulum officers killed in the line of duty

Tulum, Q.R. — A tribute to the two police officers who were killed while on duty last week was held in Tulum. On Monday, Tulum mayor Marciano Dzul Caamal led the funeral ceremony for Valencia Olmos Simón and Manuel de Jesús Velázquez Pérez, both of whom died in the line of duty from an accident Friday.

Numerous dignitaries participated in the ceremony where they paid tribute to the two fallen officers. PA Oscar Alberto Aparicio Avendaño said that both men acted with professionalism and gave their lives in the line of duty. “Today, I appreciate all the support that has been shown by the municipal government,” he said.

A roll call and a minute of silence was held in their memory.

Mayor Dzul Caamal lamented the loss of the elements that with determination and professionalism, worked to transform Tulum. To the families of the fallen, he reiterated his unconditional support.

“I am very sorry for the accident that occurred with our police officers in which they unfortunately lost their lives. I join in the condolences for the families and we ask God to give them strength.

“I reiterate to the families that they are not alone. We will be supporting them in this pain, they will always count on me, they will always count on this municipality to support them.” he said.

On June 10, a car attempting to pass another on the federal highway slammed head on into a police truck. Two officers that were riding in the back of the truck at the time of the collision were killed. Officer Valencia Olmos Simón was pronounced on scene. Officer Manuel de Jesús Velázquez Pérez died the following day in hospital.