By Karolyn Gephart
Memorial services were held Tuesday, June 21, for fallen Pearland Police Officer Endy Ekpanya, 30, who died in the line of duty June 12.
Family, friends, and the community of Pearland were joined by law enforcement officers from around the state to remember Ekpanya at services at Grace Community Church on Gulf Freeway. The services were followed by a large police procession to a private graveside service at South Park Cemetery in Pearland.
Speakers at the church service who paid tribute to the young officer included Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, Police Chief J.C. Doyle, Captain Chad Randall, Lt. Javier Caballero, Sgt. Donald Patterson, Officer Davis Vo, Officer Natisha Lucas, Ubby Sanchez and Lucy Lugo Ekpanya.
The 100 Club, a nonprofit organization that supports law enforcement and firefighter families, has announced that it will extend financial support to the Ekpanya family.
Ekpanya was born in Nigeria in 1985 and came to the United States with his family in 1996. They lived on Long Island, New York. He received a psychology and sociology degree from Hofstra University in New York and two Masters Degrees (MBA and Criminal Justice) from the University of Maryland. He graduated from the Alvin Community College (ACC) Police Academy in December 2015 and joined the Pearland PD immediately following.
Ekpanya leaves behind his wife, Lucy Lugo Ekpanya, and 2 year old son, Julian Troy (King) Ekpanya.
Ekpanya is the first Pearland Police Officer in 40 years to die in the line of duty. His death was the result of a catastrophic car collision at 3:15 a.m. in Pearland on June 12.
(All photos by Kathy Hickey)