Balloons wave in the breezy, candles flicker, and flowers blend together, all left behind at a memorial for SAPD Detective Benjamin Marconi.
The memorial is set up outside SAPD Headquarters downtown, just feet away from the scene.
“I wanted to show my support for the both the officer and friends and family,” Aaron Gonzalez told KTSA News.
He drove down from Round Rock, standing alongside the memorial, letting his flag of the thin blue line float in the wind.
“It’s just about the worst thing that could ever happen,” he said. “It’s very cowardly to do, very senseless…I mean, a wife, kids, 20 years of service, and for what? For some guy just to show up and shoot him in his car while he’s doing the very job we swore to protect…it’s just the worst thing.”
“It’s sickening, heartbroken,” Kendall Kelly said.
She and her son walked into the plaza in the noon hour, leaving behind flowers at the memorial.
“Just doing his job, protecting us, and some person comes up and takes his life…there just aren’t any words,” she said.
The Marconi family issued a statement thanking the community for all the support, prayers, and love.
“At this time, we would appreciate privacy to mourn the loss of a wonderful father, brother, grandfather, friend, and last but not least, a Peace Officer. Thank you to the San Antonio community and nation as a whole for your support,” the statement reads.
Police are still looking for the suspect.
The Marconi family has asked that all donations be made to Detective Marconi’s memorial fund or any of the listed below organizations: