Slain Riverside County Assemblyman Isaiah Cordero Commemorated at Funeral – Orange County Register

Hundreds if not thousands of family members, friends and law enforcement officers pay their respects to slain motorcycle sheriff Isaiah Cordero at his funeral on Friday morning, January 6th.

The celebration of life at Riverside’s Harvest Christian Fellowship — which began with an audio performance of “Amazing Grace” — drew local officials and those from as far east as New York City.

TIED TOGETHER: Procession salutes slain Riverside County Rep. Isaiah Cordero

“We are here to support our brother families in law enforcement,” New York City Sgt. Ricardo Montilla said as officers gathered before the service outside the Arlington Avenue church.

“We are here to show the whole nation that all police forces are one family.”

A 2 mile procession of Acheson & Graham Mortuary ended at Harvest for Cordero’s funeral.

Numerous people lined the path to honor the fallen officer.

“It’s a tragedy that was so close to home,” said Ana Ariza, standing in front of the old Sears building on Arlington and California Avenues as the cavalcade drove by.

“It made us realize that life is short and we need to appreciate it.”

Cordero, 32, was shot dead during a traffic stop Dec. 29 while walking toward a black pickup truck on Condor Drive in the Rubidoux neighborhood of Jurupa Valley at about 1:45 p.m.

Residents on this street rushed to Cordero’s aid, but he was pronounced dead at Riverside Community Hospital.

Witnesses and license plate-reading cameras helped MPs quickly identify the suspect vehicle, as well as the driver. Deputies found 44-year-old William Shae McKay at the wheel in San Bernardino County, chasing him up and down the 15 freeway, back and forth on the 60, and finally again on the 15, where he crashed in Norco.

McKay, a two-strike convict who had a warrant for skipping bail in his most recent felony case, died in a firefight with officers, Sheriff Chad Bianco said.

People Cordero met while patrolling the Jurupa Valley on his motorcycle described him as an upbeat, considerate individual who enjoyed spending time with children. One year, the Cajon High School graduate was giving out Christmas presents to children from the back of his squad car.

Another time he accompanied Santa Claus to the house of a woman whose husband had recently died.

Cordero inspired his cousin, David Padilla, to continue pursuing a career in law enforcement, despite some setbacks. Padilla is now the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Anaheim Sgt. Joe Atkinson, a fellow motorcycle officer who attended Cordero’s funeral, said Friday that he feels embarrassed at traffic stops, but even officers in squad cars feel the same way when they’re away from their cars.

Officers are continuing their training to stay safe, he added.

“But then you have to trust the good faith of humanity,” Atkinson continued. “Fortunately, most people are good.

“Unfortunately that wasn’t the case,” he said, referring to McKay. Slain Riverside County Assemblyman Isaiah Cordero Commemorated at Funeral – Orange County Register

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