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Funeral Arrangements Made For Slain San Diego Police Officer

San Diego police officers Jonathan De Guzman, left, and Wade Irwin.
San Diego Police Department
San Diego police officers Jonathan De Guzman, left, and Wade Irwin.

Funeral arrangements for slain San Diego police Officer Jonathan "J.D." De Guzman were announced Sunday, including a funeral Mass in Bonita on Thursday and a public memorial service in El Cajon on Friday.

The Mass will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, located at 450 Corral Canyon Road in Bonita. The public is invited.

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A public memorial service for law enforcement and community members is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Shadow Mountain Community Church at 2100 Greenfield Dr. in El Cajon.

A procession to De Guzman's interment at Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita will follow the Friday memorial service. Glen Abbey Memorial Park is located at 3838 Bonita Rd.

Law enforcement personnel is scheduled to stage at the Qualcomm Stadium parking lot in Mission Valley for a 9 a.m. departure to the El Cajon memorial service.

De Guzman and Officer Wade Irwin were shot late Thursday night in Southcrest as they attempted a field stop. Jesse Michael Gomez, 52, is the suspected shooter and was in critical condition from gunshots he received during a brief gun battle, police said.

Patrol officers responding to the gang officers' emergency call for backup found them suffering from gunshot wounds to their upper bodies. De Guzman, 43, and Irwin, 32, were rushed to hospitals. De Guzman, a 16-year SDPD veteran, was pronounced dead later in the night.

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Irwin, who has been with the department for nine years, underwent surgery Friday and was recovering at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest. He is expected to make a full recovery and is anxious to get back on the job, according to Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

The San Diego Police Officers Association has established a fund for De Guzman's family. Checks made payable to the organization, with "Officer Jonathan De Guzman" in the memo line, can be sent to the SDPOA's offices at 8388 Vickers St., San Diego, CA 92111.

Donations also can be made online at sdpoa.org and directed specifically to the De Guzman fund. All money collected for De Guzman will go directly to his family.