Manny Tapia

Sgt. Manny Tapia



Come and join us on January 7th, 2012 to remember Sgt. Manny Tapia.  We will first start with the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup and will be meeting on Rio Rico Drive and be shuttled onto Interstate 19 for the cleanup.  From there, we will meet at his memorial site on North Grand Avenue for a small service.  Afterwards, we will meet at the Arizona Department of Transportation yard for lunch.

(You can attend all or any one of the three events; you do not have to participate in all three events.)

Schedule and Location directions:

0900 Hrs – Sgt. Tapia’s adopted highway clean-up is on I-19 between kilometer 17 and kilometer 15 (1.5 mile stretch).  We will be meeting at a dirt parking lot on the right side of Rio Rico Drive in Rio Rico. Get off on Exit 17 on I-19 and go East 1/8th of a mile on Rio Rico Dr.

1100 Hrs –The memorial site is on the east side of North Grand Avenue (Business 19), next to the rail road tracks between the Quality Inn (Americana Motel) and the Pizza Hut.  You can get off at Exit 8 and go south into Nogales or you can take I-19 all the way south into Nogales and then make a left hand turn onto North Grand Ave. and go north. (South will take you into Mexico.)

1200 Hrs – Lunch will be provided for everyone at the Arizona Department of Transportation yard on 1340 North Hohokam Drive in Nogales.  From the memorial site, go north on N. Grand Ave., take a right on Doe Street, take a quick left turn onto Hohokam Dr. and you will find it between the Santa Cruz County yard and the Santa Cruz County Animal Control Office.

Sgt. Tapia was shot on Jan. 7th, 1991, in Nogales by a drug suspect. He died on Jan. 8th, 1991, at Tucson Medical Center. Sgt. Tapia was assisting a Nogales police officer with a traffic stop.  Upon asking the suspect to open the vehicle’s trunk, the suspect fled on foot with Sgt. Tapia in pursuit. The suspect then turned and shot Sgt. Tapia.  The suspect was fatally shot by the Nogales police officer.

If you plan to attend, please R.S.V.P. by December 31st.  Contact information:

Mary Castro (Tapia), Phone: 520-296-8439 / e-mail

Hope to see you there, Mary & Tapia family.

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