NOGALES, Ariz. - Jesus and Alyssa Cordova were married for less than one year. Now, Mrs. Cordova is mourning the death of her husband, while also looking after their two young children -- with another baby on the way.
Mrs. Cordova says they first met each other while working with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office. Shortly after, they got married and began a family with plans of growing old together in Nogales.
Officer Jesus Cordova was born in Nogales, Sonora, but graduated from Nogales High School and embarked on his career in law enforcement in Arizona.
Mrs. Cordova says her husband was there for the birth of their first two children and knows in her heart he will be there when their baby boy is born.
"I can't fathom thinking about tomorrow without him," she said. "I can't fathom living five years without him, let alone the rest of my life."
Funeral services for Officer Cordova are still being planned.
The family distributed this letter via Nogales police:
IN LOVING MEMORY OF JESUS M. Cordova
On behalf of the Cordova and Salazar families, we would like to express our gratitude for the outpouring love and support during this time of grief and sorrow.
Jesus was very proud to serve the community he loved and its beautiful people have reciprocated his passion. Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice to ensure his children, family, friends and fellow Nogalians would live to see another day. His daily mission was to serve and protect; Jesus completed his mission honorably and wholeheartedly.
Nogales and communities throughout the Great State of Arizona and around our Nation have joined forces in prayer, contributions, and overwhelming support and for that, we are forever grateful. Our mission as his family will continue to reflect on Jesus' commitment and dedication to serve and protect our people.
Although too many to mention, we are at a loss for words to give thanks to the numerous organizations and individuals who have made sure that Jesus' sacrifice does not go unnoticed. As his family, we ask of our community that Jesus' name and legacy never be forgotten. To our brothers and sisters in uniform, honor Jesus by protecting your badge and wearing it as proudly as he did!