- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Funeral services on Saturday for a slain Nebraska police officer will be open to the public.

Police investigator Luis “Mario” Herrera, a 23-year veteran of the Lincoln Police Department, died on Monday, nearly two weeks after he was shot while attempting to arrest a 17-year-old on an assault warrant.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. The only entrance for the public is off the pedestrian bridge from the Festival Lot on the northeast corner of the building. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Public parking is available in the arena’s Festival Lot.

The city has also released maps of the funeral procession routes before and after the funeral.

Herrera, a plainclothes officer, was shot as he sought to serve an arrest warrant on Felipe Vazquez in the March stabbing death of 36-year-old Edward Varejcka. Authorities have tied at least three people to Varejcka’s death.



Vazquez was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in Herrera’s death.

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, University of Nebraska Police and Nebraska State Patrol will respond to calls within city limits on the day of the funeral.

Herrera is the first Lincoln police officer killed in the line of duty since 1968, and the seventh in the city’s history.

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