Police officers and community remember fallen officer

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. --- Friends, family, and colleagues of 37-year-old Salt River Police Officer Jair Cabrera turned out to honor him at a vigil Tuesday night.

"He was one of those people who had a lot to give. Very generous. Good person," Salt River Sgt. Louis Lombari told the crowd.

The FBI says Cabrera was killed when someone in a car he pulled over early Saturday morning took out a LAR-15 rifle, and opened fire on his patrol car.

The vigil took place at the Chevron station at the corner of Pima and Chaparral Roads, just east of Scottsdale, where Cabrera was killed.

Cabrera's brother attended the vigil, but did not speak. He is also survived by his parents and a longtime girlfriend.

His fellow officers were heartened to see such a large turnout from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

"This is great to see all these people here to celebrate his life," Sgt. Walter Holloway told 3TV, as people began gathering after sunset.

Several young people from the reservation who hope to become officers also spoke to the crowd, along with the Salt River Chief.

"We're not going to allow the memory to be lost of our dear fallen officer," Chief Patrick Melvin said.

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