Albuquerque’s mayor, police chief and academy cadets gathered Wednesday to remember the life of a 6-year-old killed in a crash with an Albuquerque Police officer.
Former officer Jonathan McDonnell was rushing to a crime scene when he slammed into Antoinette Suina’s car on Eubank in 2017.
Suina’s son, Joel Anthony Mumaw, was killed.
Chief Mike Geier worked with Joel’s family to plan Wednesday’s event to impress upon APD’s newest members how important it is to be careful on the road.
“The mother willing to come and teach our cadets for the future…Joel’s legacy will live on for a long time and inspire us to do the right thing, as well as showing we won’t forget his memory, we’ll honor that,” Chief Mike Geier said.
The department made Joel an honorary police officer — something he always dreamed of.
McDonnell was fired after the crash and the city settled a wrongful death suit with the boy’s family for $3.8 million.