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Procession salutes slain Riverside County Deputy Isaiah Cordero

A procession escorting the casket of a slain Riverside County sheriff’s motorcycle deputy drew large groups of people Friday morning, Jan. 6, along the 2-mile route to pay their respects.

Family and friends gather outside Acheson & Graham Mortuary in Riverside as they prepare to escort the casket of slain Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Isaiah Cordero to a church for his funeral on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

The hearse carrying the body of slain Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy, Isaiah Cordero leaves Acheson & Graham Mortuary in Riverside on its way to Harvest Christian Fellowship for his funeral on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Fire trucks and spectators gather Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside for the funeral of slain Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Isaiah Cordero. (Photo by Monserrat Solis, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Motorcycle officers line up on Magnolia Avenue in Riverside as they prepare to escort the casket of slain Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Isaiah Cordero from Acheson & Graham Mortuary to a church for his funeral on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Riverside County firefighters display the U.S. flag as they line up in Riverside to honor the body of slain Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy, Isaiah Cordero as the procession makes its way from the mortuary to the church for his funeral on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Residents line up in Riverside to honor slain Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy, Isaiah Cordero as the procession makes its way from the mortuary to the church for his funeral on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Cynthia Salazar, and daughter, Rosalynn Salazar, 7, of Corona, stand along the route to honor slain Riverside County Deputy Isaiah Cordero as the hearse carrying his body passes by on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

The U.S. flag flies in the wind as Riverside County firefighters line up in Riverside to honor the body of slain Riverside County Sheriff’s deputy, Isaiah Cordero as the procession makes its way from the mortuary to the church for his funeral on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Mourners and well-wishers watched from the sidewalk as the cavalcade drove through Riverside with fallen deputy Isaiah Cordero, who was shot to death last week after a traffic stop in Jurupa Valley.

Under a sunny sky, some have gathered at Harvest Christian Fellowship for the funeral of slain deputy Isaiah Cordero. pic.twitter.com/j83Lh4awfQ

— Monserrat Solis (@MonserratSolis_) January 6, 2023

Some gathered at Harvest Christian Fellowship early Friday for the funeral.

Riverside resident Mary Stenger, 72, stood across the street from the Arlington Avenue church, tears in her eyes.

“It was senseless,” she said of the fatal Dec. 29 shooting. “It could have been prevented. It’s really sad.”

The Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle group that honors first responders and veterans, also milled about near the church Friday morning.

Jeff Amend, 66, has been a member of the group since 2015, and said his comrades would stand near the entrance of the church, American flags in hand, when Cordero’s casket drives by.

“We do it to honor our veterans and law enforcement,” said Amend, who lives in Riverside. “These are the people who put their lives on the line every day.”

Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside will be the site Friday, Jan. 6, 2023, for a celebration of life for slain Riverside County sheriff’s Deputy Isaiah Cordero. (Photo by Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

The Friday procession started at Acheson & Graham Mortuary and ended at Harvest.

About 40 people waited at the old Sears building on Arlington Avenue for the cavalcade to pass.

At least one woman held a sign thanking Cordero.

Riverside resident Raul Ariza, standing among the crowd outside the former Sears Friday, said he felt united with those around him.

The turnout, he added, “shows a lot of pride in the community, where we can come together as one.”

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On Dec. 29, Cordero pulled over William Shae McKay — who had prior convictions — in a Jurupa Valley neighborhood. During the brief traffic stop, McKay opened fire on Cordero, who was rushed to Riverside Community Hospital and pronounced dead, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco reported.

McKay led authorities on a freeway chase to Norco, where he crashed and exchanged fire with officers. McKay died during the exchange, Bianco said.

Cordero, a graduate of Cajon High School in San Bernardino, started his career in 2014 as a correctional deputy, serving jails in Banning, Indio and Riverside. In 2018, he entered the sheriff’s academy, was promoted to deputy sheriff and assigned to the Jurupa Valley station in 2020. Cordero had been a motor officer for three months.

Squads from several other cities and counties joined the procession Friday, including officers from Hemet, Manhattan Beach, San Bernardino and Montclair.

The service is being livestreamed on the church’s website and on the county’s sheriff’s social media platforms, including Facebook and YouTube.

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