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North Texas Officers Show Support at Hospital for Grand Prairie Police Officer

Friday afternoon officers and emergency personnel from across North Texas came to Medical City Arlington to support the Grand Prairie Police Department and its officer, A.J. Castaneda, who was killed in a crash as he did traffic enforcement on the President George Bush Turnpike Friday morning.

Patrol cars from Grand Prairie, Euless, Hurst, Arlington, Tarrant County, and more filled the hospital parking lot, as well as fire trucks and ambulances.

Grand Prairie veteran police officer A.J. Castaneda was killed Friday, June 7, 2019 when he was struck by an out-of-control motorist and thrown from a highway overpass. A procession escorted his body from Medical city Arlington to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office.

"I support my community, my Grand Prairie Police officers," said Jonathan Mendez, a Grand Prairie resident who heard the news and came to the hospital to show support for police. "Beause I have a burden in my heart that I care about our officers."

About 150 officers and emergency personnel lined up to honor Castaneda at the hospital.

Then, at about 3:30 p.m., officers led a slow procession from the hospital to bring Officer Castaneda's body to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office.

Grand Prairie Officer Killed in Crash

Mendez watched from the sidewalk for hours, wanting his police department to know they have his support.

"Keep your head up. We're here for you 100%," Mendez said. "We got it from here."

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