AUSTIN, Texas – The Austin chief remembers children of two fallen police officers at graduation.
The son of a fallen Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq graduated from McNeil High School on Friday.
Though Mati Abdul-Khaliq’s father wasn’t able to be there, police showed up in uniform to congratulate him after walking across the stage. One by one officers lined up to give Mati a hug.
Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley tweeted out the video. “Always family & never forgotten,” he wrote in his tweet.
— Chief Brian Manley (@chief_manley) June 2, 2017
Abdul-Khaliq died in September 2016 after suffering from injuries caused in an accident during a funeral procession he was guiding.
The chief also congratulated Mikayla Hunter as she graduated from nearby Cedar Park High School. Her late father, Clinton Hunter was struck and killed by a suspect during a vehicle pursuit in 2001 according to the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP).
At the time, ODMP wrote, “Officer Hunter had been employed with the Austin Police Department for just 14 months, and is survived by his wife and 3-year-old daughter.”
— Chief Brian Manley (@chief_manley) June 3, 2017
Congratulations to both Mati Abdul-Khaliq and Mikayla Hunter on their respective graduations. Furthermore, kudos to Chief Brian Manley for remembering them!
(Feature image screenshot of video from Chief Manley’s tweet)