Natalie Corona had been on the job as a cop for just two weeks when she was fatally shot at the age of 22
Thousands of officers turned up to mourn the death of their ‘sister cop’ in Davis at a 90-minute service
Her father, Merced Corona, spent 26 years as a Colusa County sheriff’s deputy
Afterward, a funeral procession took Corona’s casket from Davis to town of Arbuckle, where her family lives
The Police Chief said, ‘I placed a bet that one day she’d be the police chief. I know what it takes and she had it’
She was killed on January 10 by Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, 48, who arrived on a bike while she was at a crash site and fatally shot her, and later took his own life
By STEPHANIE HANEY
19 January 2019
Thousands of officers paid their respects at the funeral for a fallen cop gunned down just two weeks in the job during a routine traffic stop.
A young Natalie Corona would run around the house in police gear and loved watching the show ‘Cops.’ She always knew she wanted to be a police officer, her sister told the congregation in California on Friday.
Even before Corona joined the force a few months ago, she posted a Facebook tribute to the men and women who serve and who have died in the line of duty.
Family members, friends and thousands of officers from across the country packed into a memorial service to honor the 22-year-old.
Uniformed officers, hats in their white-gloved hands, filled about 8,000 seats at an indoor arena at the University of California, Davis, and overflowed into the aisles.
During a 90-minute service, a slideshow of family photos and Corona’s brief professional life played on giant screens.
It ended with the image from her 2016 Facebook tribute to law enforcement.
The picture showed Corona beaming and wearing a floor-length blue gown as she held a ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag that shows support for officers.
‘Little did she know that she and this picture would touch so many lives around the world,’ her father, Merced Corona, said.