President Trump comforted the brother of fallen police officer Ronil Singh with some powerful words on Thursday.
Ronil Singh’s life and death weighed heavily over President Trump’s recent visit to Texas as the president continued to call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump was accompanied by Reggie Singh, whose brother was gunned down on Dec. 26 by an illegal immigrant.
33-year old police officer Ronil Singh was killed after he stopped a car on suspicion of drunk driving.
The driver was 32-year old Gustavo Perez Arriaga, a Mexican national who was living in the U.S. illegally. At the time of his arrest for Singh’s murder, he was reportedly fleeing to Mexico.
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“We are deeply moved to have with us Reggie Singh, whose brother (was) Ronil Singh, incredible guy. I mean, I watched and I’ve rarely felt worse watching news of our nation than watching your family, and the love that you have for your brother,” Trump said in a video from the Daily Caller.
“I watched a family right around Christmas time … suffer and I’d like to ask Reggie, maybe you could say a few words about your incredible brother, the job he was doing,” the president continued.
“He was so beloved by the people of the department and beyond the department.”
Singh talked about his brother, who emigrated from Fiji and worked hard to learn English to pursue his dream of becoming a law enforcement officer.
“The way he was killed, what my family is going through right now – I do not want any other family, law enforcement person, to go through that,” Singh said, seated next to the president during discussion at a border patrol station.
“Whatever it takes to minimize, put a stop to it, my family fully supports it.”
“At 33, Ronil Singh was cremated and I had to pick up his remains,” Singh said.
“It breaks my heart and no one should ever go through that. Seeing a five-month-old baby looking for his dad, no one should ever go through that on Christmas Day,” he told Trump.
That’s when the president gave him these powerful words of support: “We’re with you. You know that, right?”
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As Singh’s statement came to an end, the president stood up to shake his hand and give him a hug. The room filled with law enforcement officers and politicians stood and clapped to symbolize their support of Singh.
The president was right: we are all with Singh and his family as they mourn the loss of an American hero.
As the president continues to work towards improving border security, let’s keep all those in law enforcement in our prayers.
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