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Grand Prairie Police Officer Killed in Crash Laid to Rest Thursday

Castaneda to be laid to rest at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery

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    Community Remembers GP Officer Killed in Crash

    Hundreds remembered fallen Grand Prairie police officer A.J. Castaneda at a public funeral Thursday. At the service, held at The Potter's House, Castaneda was remembered as a great person and police officer. (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    Fallen Grand Prairie police officer A.J. Castaneda was laid to rest Thursday. The officer, who was killed last week when he was knocked off a highway overpass by an out-of-control driver, was publicly memorialized at The Potter's House in Dallas before being interred in a private ceremony.

    Grand Prairie Police Officer A.J. Castaneda was killed Friday, June 7, 2019, in a crash along Texas 161.
    Photo credit: Grand Prairie Police Department

    The procession left the funeral home in Arlington at 8:00 a.m. and drove past the Grand Prairie Police Department, where dozens of people lined up to pay their last respects.

    "It's a family that's lost so much. The mother who has lost a son and children who have lost a father," said Dusty Nichols, who brought her young grand children to witness the event. "With my son being on the force, it's like the military thing, we're all a family and when one hurts, we all hurt."

    Former Grand Prairie Police Officer Mitchell Lee brought his 8-year old daughter, Maddie, to watch.

    "She had to feel Daddy come home on his good days and his bad days, so she understands all that," Lee said. "I'm pretty sure they already know this department stands behind them 100-percent and will support them forever."

    The procession went from the police department to the Potter's House in Dallas for a funeral service.

    Following the public ceremony, portions of which can be watched below, Castaneda, surrounded by loved ones in a private ceremony, was interred at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery Thursday afternoon.

    Community Members Say Goodbye to Fallen GP OfficerCommunity Members Say Goodbye to Fallen GP Officer

    Hours before Grand Prairie police officer A.J. Castaneda's funeral service, community members lined the streets to say goodbye to the fallen officer.

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    Castaneda, 38, was killed in the line duty Friday, June 7, after a 17-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into him as he worked outside of his vehicle along the President George Bush Turnpike, police said.

    Castaneda was parked on the shoulder running radar, standing outside of his SUV patrol vehicle, when he was struck and thrown from the elevated roadway.

    "He had a real good sense of humor. He had a sensitive aspect to him as well dealing with kids in particular," said Carlos Canelos, Castaneda's best friend. "Just helping people out. He would go above and beyond in his work and even with his friendship."

    Castaneda is survived by his parents, Albert Castaneda Sr and Patricia Fay Castaneda; son, Elisha Jacob Castaneda; stepdaughter, Zoe Pineda; grandmother, Alicia Castaneda; brother, Daniel Castaneda and wife, Dianna; niece, Caydence Castaneda; and girlfriend, Noemi Aroste Hurtado.

    Eulogy - Minister John Winslow

    AJ Castaneda Funeral: Minister John Winslow Delivers EulogyAJ Castaneda Funeral: Minister John Winslow Delivers Eulogy

    Minister John Winslow delivers the eulogy at the funeral for fallen Grand Prairie police officer AJ Castaneda, Thursday, June 13, 2019.

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    Police Chief Steve Dye

    AJ Castaneda Funeral: Police Chief Steve DyeAJ Castaneda Funeral: Police Chief Steve Dye

    Grand Prairie Chief of Police Steve Dye speaks at the funeral for fallen Grand Prairie police officer AJ Castaneda, Thursday, June 13, 2019.

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    Police Chaplain Glenn Cato

    AJ Castaneda Funeral: Police Chaplain Glenn CatoAJ Castaneda Funeral: Police Chaplain Glenn Cato

    Grand Prairie Police Chaplain Glenn Cato speaks at the funeral for fallen Grand Prairie police officer AJ Castaneda, Thursday, June 13, 2019.

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    Police Officer Thomas Barrettini

    AJ Castaneda Funeral: Police Officer Thomas BarrettiniAJ Castaneda Funeral: Police Officer Thomas Barrettini

    Grand Prairie Police Officer Thomas Barrettini speaks at the funeral for fallen Grand Prairie police officer AJ Castaneda, Thursday, June 13, 2019.

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    Daniel Castaneda and coach Bob Wagner

    AJ Castaneda Funeral: Brother Daniel Castaneda, Coach Bob WagerAJ Castaneda Funeral: Brother Daniel Castaneda, Coach Bob Wager

    Daniel Castaneda and coach Bob Wager speak at the funeral for Castaneda's brother, fallen Grand Prairie Police Officer A.J. Castaneda, Thursday, June 13, 2019.

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    Funeral Procession

    Procession Leads From Arlington to Dallas for GP OfficerProcession Leads From Arlington to Dallas for GP Officer

    North Texans lined the route of the funeral procession for Grand Prairie Officer A.J. Castaneda Thursday morning. Castaneda, 38, was killed in the line duty after a 17-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into him as he worked outside of his vehicle along the President George Bush Turnpike Friday morning.

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    North Texans Observe Procession

    North Texans Line Procession Route for Grand Prairie OfficerNorth Texans Line Procession Route for Grand Prairie Officer

    People line the streets of Grand Prairie to honor a man who served their community. Thursday, Grand Prairie police officer A.J. Castaneda will be laid to rest. Those who couldn't attend the funeral paid their respects along the procession route.

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

    Officer Laid to Rest Thursday

    Funeral Thursday Morning for Grand Prairie OfficerFuneral Thursday Morning for Grand Prairie Officer

    Thursday, Grand Prairie police officer A.J. Castaneda, 38, will be laid to rest.

    (Published Thursday, June 13, 2019)

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