Funeral services set for Mesa police officer killed by wrong-way driver

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

MESA, Ariz. – Funeral services for a Mesa police officer who was killed by a wrong-way driver are scheduled for this week.

Visitation for Officer Brandon Mendoza will be held Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 1534 N. Recker Road, in Mesa. There will be a mass starting at 10 a.m. Friday at the same church.

Interment will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1562 E. Baseline Road, in Mesa.

His services will be open to the public.

Procession route from church to cemetery:

South on Recker Road to Brown Road

West on Brown to Higley Road

South on Higley to Baseline Road

West on Baseline to Harris Drive

North on Harris to cemetery

The following street closures are scheduled for Friday, May 16 for the funeral service and procession for Mesa Police Officer Brandon Mendoza.

6:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
• Mclellan – Recker to 59th Street
• WB traffic will detour NB – SB onto Recker
• EB  traffic will detour NB onto 59th Street

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (approx.)
• SB Recker at Mclellan
• SB traffic will detour EB onto Mclellan
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (approx.)
• WB Baseline to Stapley
• WB traffic will detour NB – SB onto Gilbert Rd.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (approx.)
• Harris – Baseline to Juanita

Mendoza, 32, died after a head-on crash with Raul Silva Corona early Monday morning. Corona's vehicle exploded into flames on impact. He was killed in the crash, as well.

Investigators said Corona had been driving the wrong way for 35 miles prior to the crash on the flyover ramp at the Interstate 10 and U.S. 60 interchange.

Fellow officers, friends and community members have been leaving flowers, cards, flags, candles and posters at Guerrero Park, which Mendoza was instrumental in rebuilding.

Mendoza was 32 years old and a 13-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department. He is survived by his parents, grandmother, siblings, nieces and nephews.

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