A Police Officer Died and a Hero Emerged
By Atención San Miguel
Evelin will have a great example to follow. Her father David Morales Bárcenas was the police officer who gave his body, his soul, and his life to guarantee the security of Sanmiguelenses.
David Morales Bárcenas joined the San Miguel de Allende police force 11 years ago. One of his last accomplishments was recovering a stolen car. Morales was working his shift on Wednesday, June 27. After 12am the alarms were activated when Mauro N, under the effect of alcohol, along with a 17-year-old girl and another man, attacked a man on a motorcycle. The assaulted man called the police, and when the officers arrived, Mauro and his companions did not obey the officers’ instructions and ran away in the direction of Dolores.
Two patrol cars were returning to San Miguel from the rural community of Galvanes. Among those police officers was David Morales. They decided to put up a barricade with the patrol cars in order to stop Mauro. However, he was driving at 200 kilometers per hour and ran the stop sign. Mauro crashed into the patrol car, which consequently hit Morales, causing his death. Mauro N was arrested and is under investigation by the Ministerio Público. He will be accused of homicide with intent.
After offering details of the accident, members of the city council, directors, and employees of the local administration paid tribute to the fallen officer. At the civic patio of the administrative building, two members of the Civil Protection Department, two from the Safety Department, and two from the Fire Department carried the coffin to the special place where it rested during the homage. There were flowers and a large photo of Morales. His colleagues placed a Mexican flag over the coffin.
Mayor Ricardo Villarreal gave his condolences to the widow, Ana María, as well as to Evelin, the one and a half-year-old daughter. Villarreal said that Evelin will have a strong example to follow because her father defended the safety of Sanmiguelenses with bravery and honor, and he exhorted the other police officers to do the same. Mayor Villarreal also said that “San Miguel did not lose a police officer but gained a hero.”
The family will receive the payments from the insurance that Morales had as well as a monthly pension from the local administration. Evelin will receive a scholarship from the Federal Secretariat of Social and Human Development.