DAVIS, Calif. (KTXL) -- A memorial service for Davis police officers Natalie Corona and Douglas Cantrill was held on Friday.
“Today we are dedicating a memorial to Officer Doug Cantrill who was killed in the line of duty back in 1959 and Officer Natalie Corona who died one year ago today,” said Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel.
Officer Corona had just started out as an officer with the Davis Police Department when she was shot and killed one year ago. She was responding to a three-car crash when 48-year-old Kevin Limbaugh ambushed her.
Corona’s family, colleagues and all who knew her are still mourning her death, which left a mark on the Davis community.
"I would like to say that, you know, people have healed but today is really difficult," Chief Pytel said.
Corona's father said the outpouring of support was overwhelming as hundreds of people gathered outside the Davis Police Department.
"So, today I want to thank everybody that is here with us, everybody that took the time to be here to remember Natalie,” Merced Corona said. “She touched a lot of lives and I’m humbled that this many people would come out to be with us.”
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He said although the family held a private mass to celebrate her life, they were grateful for the support. And that support was visible as hundreds of people stood side by side outside the police department.
At one point, Merced thanked the family of fallen Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan for being present.
“Every time I see them, I think of what they still have to go through because it’s not over for them and it’s not over for us,” Corona’s father said. “We are a little further along and it’s devastating for the families.”
Supporters with several groups held signs showing support from everyone across the country who are still mourning along with family, friends and colleagues.
“We go out and we say, ‘We are here for you,’” said supporter Barbara Huddleston.
“Well, it’s very important for us to show our support to the family but also to have the memory of those officers to never have been forgotten,” said supporter Ron Turner.
Pytel said the city recently approved a memorial centered in Central Park that will honor Officer Corona.
“Inside the [police department] we still have a memorial for Natalie. We still have her cubby and there are still some flowers,” Pytel said.