Last year on Good Friday, Senior Officer Jaime Padron was killed in the line of duty after responding to a disturbance call at a north Austin Walmart. Early Friday morning, members of the Austin Police Department, employees from the store and shoppers gathered to honor Officer Padron with a prayer service.
At 2:30 a.m., about two dozen people joined in a prayer ceremony to pay tribute to Officer Padron and the sacrifice he made in the early hours of April 6, 2012. The service was led by chaplains from the Austin Police Department.
"You don't often think of Walmart as a place you go for prayer, but I can guarantee every time I walk through this store to shop I'll be thinking about this prayer service and the sacrifice Jaime made," said APD Chaplain David Smith.
A tribute to Padron will hang on the wall in the associate's area at the Walmart store, along with a framed picture and copy of his obituary.
Padron, 40, responded to reports of a disturbance at the Walmart on Interstate 35, near Parmer Lane. Upon arriving at the store, Padron engaged and was subsequently shot by suspect Brandon Daniel.
Daniel is facing a charge of capital murder. He remains in jail.
On April 6th, a police substation near the Walmart store will be renamed after Officer Padron. The change was approved by the Austin City Council on Thursday.