ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Nearly six years since Albuquerque Police officer Daniel Webster was killed in the line of duty, fellow officers, family and friends rededicated a memorial in Webster’s honor Friday. A previous memorial was vandalized and then removed from the site in May 2021.

An eight-year veteran of APD, Webster was shot on October 21, 2015. Webster was trying to arrest the man who shot him during a traffic stop in a northeast Albuquerque Walgreens parking lot at the corner of Eubank and Central. Webster died of his injuries on October 29, 2015.

The new stone memorial was installed around July 1, 2021. An inscription on the stone states, in part, “we are forever grateful for his ultimate sacrifice. Friday’s dedication ceremony took place on what would have been Webster’s 53rd birthday.

“Losing an officer always leaves a wound that never fully heals,” said APD Deputy Chief Mike Smathers. “We’re choosing to remember Dan today and remember his life by meeting here and remembering his birthday.”

Former Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden, who presided over the department in 2015, was also in attendance at Friday’s ceremony. “I choose to remember Dan not by how he was killed, I choose not to remember all of those nights at the hospital, I choose to remember this guy who brought so much joy, so much laughter,” Eden said.

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The man convicted of killing Office Webster, Davon Lymon is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. Lymon’s sentence includes no possibility of parole.