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HPD and neighbors mourn officer killed in line of duty

The Houston Police Department and neighbors of Richard Martin are mourning the officer killed in the line of duty.
Officer Richard Martin

The Houston Police Department is in mourning--remembering a veteran officer killed in the line of duty and on Monday night, those who live near Officer Richard Martin, are remembering him too as a good father to his two children.

"He was a really good person, a good father, just a really nice guy that we're going to miss," said Andrea Rocha, one of Martin's neighbors in Katy.

On Monday, she put out a single yellow ribbon to honor Martin who she has lived next door to for nearly 10 years. Her son has also played with Martin's son

Many in and around Martin's Katy neighborhood spoke of his dedication to his 11-year-old son and 22-year-old daughter that he leaves behind.

Detectives tell us Martin was killed Monday morning when he tried to stop a suspect who was leading police on a chase.

"The neighborhood is not going to be the same without him here," said Rocha.

It's also clear this Westside Patrol Division won't be the same without Martin. It's where he was based

"It was just really sad and the cop had a family," said Erica Hicks who was one of several people who came out to where Martin was run over on North Kirkwood Road to lay flowers and try and make sense of what happened.

Martin had been on the force since 2010.

The 100 Club, a Houston based non-profit organization, is donating $20,000 to the officer's immediate family to help with financial needs.

Anyone who would like to help make donations can do so on the 100 Club website here or send the contributions to 100 Club Survivors Fund at 5555 San Felipe Street Suite 1750, Houston, Texas 77056-5527.

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