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City Pays Tribute

Decorated police officer was killed in motorcycle accident.

Friends, family and officers from police departments throughout the region came to say good-bye to 28-year-old Alexandria police officer Luis Torres on Monday.

There were 25 motorcycle officers from Fairfax County, Virginia State Police, Arlington County Police Department, Fauquier County Police Department and the Federal Protective Service.

Ten of these officers cleared roads and intersections for the funeral procession and 15 officers provided the main escort from Everly-Wheatly Funeral Home on West Braddock Road, where the service was held to Mt. Comfort Cemetery, where Torres was buried.

Torres died from injuries suffered in an off-duty motorcycle accident on July 21. He and three fellow officers from Alexandria were riding their motorcycles on Route 17 in Fauquier County when Torres lost control of his motorcycle. The motorcycle flipped, landing on top of him.

The Fauquier County Sheriff’s Department attributed the accident to Torres’ inexperience on a motorcycle and his lack of familiarity with the road.

The Honor Guard included Officers Mitch Grossman, Walter Greene, Robert Gilmore, Barry McManus, Carl Stowe, and Gwen Diggs.

Pallbearers included Sergeant James Bartlett, Investigator Tom Ritchie, Officer Melvin Brooks, Officer Walter Conquest, Officer Ryan Staab, Officer Bennie Evans, Officer Kevin Ritchie, and Officer Delton Goodrum.