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Davis police Officer Natalie Corona’s memorial to be held Friday morning at UC Davis

Vigil for Davis officer Natalie Corona

Davis police officer Natalie Corona is remembered by community during a vigil for the fallen officer on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 .
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Davis police officer Natalie Corona is remembered by community during a vigil for the fallen officer on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 .

The memorial service for slain Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at The Pavilion at ARC on the campus of UC Davis.

It will be open to the public, according to an announcement by Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel.

The facility adjacent to the Activities and Recreation Center, or ARC, is the largest venue on campus and can seat as many as 8,000 people, according to the school’s website.

Corona, a 22-year-old rookie in the department, was slain after responding to a traffic accident in downtown Davis Thursday night. A gunman opened fire on her and then fled, leading to a manhunt that lasted into Friday morning, when police found the gunman dead inside a rental home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“I’d really like to see as many people as possible from the community attend,” Pytel said during Saturday’s vigil at Davis’ Central Park, which was attended by at least 1,000 people.

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This portrait of Natalie Corona by Richard Laus shows the Davis Police officer who was killed in the line of duty on Thursday. Laus Photography Courtesy photo

Corona was described by her family as “very hard-working,” “humble” and “driven,” in interviews with The Sacramento Bee Friday. Law enforcement runs in Corona’s family: Her father, Merced, is a retired Colusa County Sheriff’s deputy who served on the force for 26 years.

Corona started volunteering as a community service officer with the Davis Police Department after she graduated from high school and for a time worked at the department even after funding for her position ran out. In July, after graduating from the Sacramento Police Academy, Corona was sworn in as a Davis officer. She had just completed six months of field training when she was ambushed while checking driver’s licenses during a routine call.

Corona is survived by her parents, Merced and Lupe, and her sisters, Jackie, Cathy and Cindy.

It’s unknown if other public services are planned in Arbuckle, the Colusa County town where Corona grew up.

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