Memorial Dedicated In Honor Of Fallen Deputy

June 14, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
More than 200 people gathered in Ivanhoe Friday evening to show their deep appreciation for Tulare County Sheriff's Detective Kent Haws and dedicate a memorial in his honor. Haws was gunned down last December, just outside of the small community.

"We just thought he deserved a memorial in our town. Because he was working to protect our town at the time of his death," said Ivanhoe resident Carol Lambert.

The community joined together to build the memorial. Landscaping and labor were donated by local businesses and elementary school students raised money to help.

Haws' widow, Francis sobbed as the memorial was dedicated. The family lives in Exeter, but the number of people gathered Friday night showed what an impact the officer made in Ivanhoe.

"This is a small town. It looks like half the people are here. It just goes to show you how much people how much people respect and appreciate members of law enforcement," said Haws' uncle, Phil Cappadonia.

The suspect accused of killing Haws continues to sit in the Tulare County Jail. Jorge Banda awaits a hearing to determine whether he's competent to stand trial.