Community invited to memorial service for Officer Diego Moreno
Tuesday, July 31, 1 p.m., at accesso ShoWare Center
The Kent community is invited to honor Kent Police Officer Diego Moreno at a memorial service on Tuesday, July 31, 1 p.m. to approximately 3 p.m., at accesso ShoWare Center (625 W. James St.). Officer Moreno lost his life on July 22 in the line of duty.
Prior to the memorial service, there will be an official procession of police vehicles through Kent, starting around 11:15 a.m. The public is invited to view the procession on Fourth Avenue between Willis and James Streets on their way to accesso ShoWare.
“This is a sad time for Officer Moreno’s family, the Kent Police Department, the City of Kent family and the community,” said Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla. “We hope everyone will join us as we remember Diego and pay our respects to his family.”
There will be significant impacts to Kent traffic throughout the day, and we ask drivers to please be patient. James Street between Lincoln and Fourth Avenue will be closed between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fourth Avenue between Willis and James will be closed between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Those attending the memorial should plan to arrive at accesso ShoWare by noon. There will be limited parking available, particularly downtown, the Lincoln Park & Ride, the Sounder garage at Kent Station and City Hall. There will also be limited street parking available throughout downtown. We encourage attendees to carpool or walk to the event, if possible. We will provide additional updates on the City’s Facebook and Nextdoor pages.
Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population over 128,000. A culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks and exceptional school districts. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more information, visit KentWA.gov.
UPDATE, July 30--Thanks to the generosity of Starline Luxury Coaches, we will have a shuttle available between Kent Elementary (24700 64th Ave. S.) and Lincoln Park and Ride (902 W. James St.) between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. We encourage attendees to use the shuttle, carpool or walk to help alleviate traffic and parking issues.