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Police Week memorial held for those who died in the line of duty

By Michael Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 9:39 p.m. HST, May 13, 2013

Renee Gaspar quietly walked the periphery of the state Capitol courtyard with her 1-year-old granddaughter, Aleeya Boyett, this evening as Honolulu Police Department Chaplain Shuji Komagata read the names of the 46 Honolulu law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Gaspar was among the hundreds who attended Monday’s Police Week memorial service, which began with a candlelight walk from HPD’s Alapai Street headquarters to the Capitol.

It was an emotional evening for Gaspar, whose ex-husband Glen Gaspar — shot to death in 2003 while attempting to arrest a fugitive at the Kapolei Baskin-Robbins — was among those honored at the Police Week memorial service.

“It’s not as sad as it used to be,” said Gaspar. “It’s a nice thing that he is still remembered, and it’s important for all of us to show the officers now that we still support them.”

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