DAVIS -- With a police honor guard miles long, fallen Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was brought to the Pavilion at the UC Davis campus where thousands came to say their goodbyes.
"I can’t tell you how many times I heard, 'This is Davis, nothing like that could ever happen here,'" Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said. "Well, it did."
Corona, who had only been on the job a few weeks, was shot and killed Jan. 10 as she was investigating a traffic accident. The alleged gunman, 48-year-old Kevin Limbaugh, later fatally shot himself.
Corona's co-workers shared stories of the energy she brought to the job every day.
"She found a wadded up paper, looked up at me, unpadded the paper a little more, looked back up at me and then yelled, 'Jackpot!' as she held up a small quantity of meth she had just found. Natalie was smiling ear to ear and said ‘This is so fun,'" Davis Police Sergeant Eric Labbe said.
Standing together, her sisters recalled that same enthusiasm for police work years earlier.
"She was constantly talking about police, the police field, and somehow she would talk us into being her test subjects," Corona's sister Jackie said.
Earlier in her life, Corona even talked of a desire to become a cop, speaking in a post-Sacramento Police Academy video.
"I truly feel that it has to be in your heart, it has to be something that you want to do, and if you’re determined, if you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get to that point, you will do it," Corona said in the video.
Meanwhile, her father, a former law enforcement officer himself, told the crowd that now is not the time to blame Limbaugh.
"Everything may seem to us as bad luck, as a horrible and senseless death, but I can assure you, God himself placed Natalie to be on duty, on that day, on that shift, at that hour responding to that call for service," Merced Corona said.
Her sergeant also hopes she knows her death was not her fault.
"But if we could tell you one thing right now, it would be that you did nothing wrong. Zero wrong," Labbe said. "You could not have done anything differently."
Some Gathered in Woodland to Show Their Respects
WOODLAND -- By sheer chance, Woodland Christian School lies along Highway 113, the route of Officer Natalie Corona's funeral procession.
It was a good place for mourners to gather, watch the video below to see people of all ages pay their respects to Ofc. Corona.