July 14, 2014

Melvin Santiago - Law Enforcement - New Jersey

Melvin Santiago
Police Officer Melvin Santiago, age 23, died in the line of duty on July 13, 2014, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Melvin was a member of the Jersey City Police Department. He was a rookie. He had less than one year of service.

Officer Santiago and his partner responded to a report of a robbery at a 24 hour pharmacy. It was 4:00 a.m.

Lawrence Campbell, age 27, had entered the pharmacy, assaulted a security guard and stole his gun. 

Officer Santiago and his partner had just pulled into the parking lot as the man exited the building and opened fire on them. Officer Santiago was struck in the head before he was able to exit from the patrol car's passenger seat.

Other responding officers returned fire and killed Lawrence Campbell.
Lawrence Campbell

Melvin was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

During this altercation, Lawrence Campbell had told a woman who was a customer in the pharmacy: "I'm going to be famous!".

Lawrence Campbell has had numerous prior drug convictions and was a suspect in a previous homicide. This dude is bad news from the word go.  He isn't famous.  He is infamous.

Melvin's loved ones are devastated over his senseless and tragic death. They stated that being a police officer was his dream job. It's just what he wanted to do. He was a good kid who was just starting out in life.

He will be forever mourned. Oceans of tears will be shed for Melvin.

Melvin had only last year graduated from Hudson County Community College with a degree in criminal justice.

Friends describe him as a great guy who was trying to do the right thing. He was
Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
Melvin and for those who
have lost him
proud to be a cop.

The Jersey City Police Department is in mourning over the death of their young brother. He will be forever remembered.

Melvin's loved ones are devastated over his senseless and tragic death. He will be forever mourned.

Melvin is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his mother, Cathy McBride and his stepfather, Alex McBride and a younger brother.

Thank you for your service to the public, Melvin.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones and the Psychopaths who bring death to strangers. They are killing us, Father.

Pray that Melvin is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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