Inv. Mario Herrera’s life celebrated at funeral

Gov. Ricketts, brother, Pancho, among those who spoke at funeral.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Luis Mario Herrera passed away on September 7, 2020 at the age of 50.

Several people, including Governor Pete Ricketts, Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister, Father Jamie Hottovy, and older brother Francisco “Pancho” Herrera spoke at the funeral to honor his memory.

“It has truly been a blessing to know Mario,” said Pancho. “We literally did everything together all the time.”

Pancho shared memories of playing, hunting, and working with Mario. Thirteen months apart, Pancho says he and Mario were “a package deal” growing up.

Herrera lost his life after battling wounds he suffered after being shot in the line of duty.

“So much has been stolen from us,” Pancho said.

Governor Ricketts spoke about Rivera’s bravery while working with the Lincoln Police Department.

“It takes a lot of courage to wear that badge,” Ricketts said. “[Mario] represents everything that is good about this country.”

Herrera served with the Lincoln Police Department for 23 years and was highly regarded by his community.

Songs including “Be Not Afraid,” “Prayer of St. Francis,” “On Eagles Wings,” and “How Great Thou Art” were performed by the St. Teresa Choir during the funeral.

The post-funeral procession will now make its way from Pinnacle Bank Arena to Calvary Cemetery for Inv. Herrera’s private burial.

Herrera is survived by his wife Carrie and their four children, his five siblings and their spouses, his in-laws, his maternal aunt, and 24 nieces and nephews.







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