San Jose police officers will show their softer side at Thursday afternoon's daily briefing. That's when they will hand over thousands of dollars in donations to three young children left orphaned by a recent double homicide.
The three were found crying on the front porch of their downtown San Jose home early on the morning of July 23. Their parents, Marybel and Pedro Jimenez, lie dead inside. The deaths were the 21st and 22nd homicides in San Jose this year.
While investigators worked to find their killer, the San Jose Police Officer's Association set up a Victim's Assistance Fund on behalf of the children. Police officer working the case made the rare request to do something personal to help the family.
So far, more than $6,000 has been raised.
The department said it took in donations from rank and file members with one officer, who asked to remain anonymous, donating a whopping $1,600. The cops even held a breakfast burrito sale to raise funds. Money was also donated by members of the public.
The money will be presented to the children, through their aunt, in the form of gift cards to pay for groceries, clothes and school supplies.
Members of the public still wanting to make a donation may do so on-line at www.sjpoa.com.
Checks can also be sent to the following mailing address:
1151 North Fourth Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Please make checks payable to:
SJPOA - CF and indicate "Jimenez" on the memo line.
The family told NBC Bay Area the couple was on-again, off-again since high school and had recently got back together. They also said they believe the suspect was a jealous ex-boyfriend. The suspect, Pedro Medina, is still on the loose.
Those with information on the homicide are encouraged to contact Detective Sergeant Stewart Davies or Detective Brian Spears in the San Jose Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (208) 277-5283.
Anonymous calls can be placed to Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (208) 947-7867 or through www.svcrimestoppers.org.