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Name: Valadex, Alejandro
Star: 9534
Memorial Panel #: 1
Rank: Police Officer
District / Unit: 005 District
End of Watch: 01 June 2009
Incident Details: Police Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez, 27, was a 3-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 007 District. Shortly after midnight, on June 1, 2009, Officer Valadez and his partner, Officer Thomas Vargas, responded to a shots fired call. When the officers arrived at the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue, the gunfire had ceased. Officer Valadez was questioning a man when a car marked with a bullet hole from the earlier shooting returned to the scene. The three men inside of the vehicle were determined to seek revenge. The driver, Kevin Walker, 25, positioned the vehicle as his passengers, Shawn Gaston, 24, and Christopher Harris, 24, aimed to shoot. Seconds later, both officers were on the ground. Officer Vargas was unharmed and stood-up to see his partner and friend bleeding. Officer Valadez had been shot twice. He was rushed to Stroger Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries in the afternoon. After the shooting, the three men parked their vehicle at 61st Street and Paulina Avenue and attended a party. A .357 magnum, .40 caliber gun, and a rifle were recovered from Kevin Walker’s trunk. Shawn Gaston was sentenced to serve 125 years in prison. Kevin Walker was sentenced to 120 years and Christopher Harris was sentenced to 105 years in prison. In 2010, the Valadez Law was enacted in memory of Officer Alejandro Valadez. The law mandates that any gang member found to be in the unlawful possession of a firearm must serve a prison sentence. Officer Valadez’s funeral mass was held at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church and he was laid to rest in Mount Auburn Cemetery. Officer Valadez died prior to the birth of his son, Alex, Jr. He is survived by his fiancé, Christina Rodriguez; son, Alex, Jr.; his parents, and siblings.

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  • Today I honored your memory by running a 10K here in San Antonio,TX for the Police and Firefighters Memorial. You will never be forgotten brother. LB!!!!

  • Alex, We worked the same shift, but only worked ones in the same car, i remember looking at the roster and saying to my self,
    get ready, because its going to be a busy night, Man it was, we got a Honarable mention and a Department Commendation.

  • Don’t think of him as gone away– his journey’s just begun life holds so many facets this earth is only one. Just think of him as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years. Think how he must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of him as living in the hearts of those he touched… FOR NOTHING LOVED IS EVER LOST AND HE WAS LOVED SOOO MUCH..
    9534,Rest in peace my Brother — Kelley 06/03/2009 ****************”
    9534

  • Heaven is a better place because of your presence. We all shall pass, but your passing made a difference, that’s the way to go, doing God’s work. — Det Wayne Harej 06/03/2009 ****************

  • Rest in peace my brother. May God look after you and your loved ones. — Tpr. J. Woo #5657 06/03/2009 ****************

  • I am sadden by the news i hear. To many they have lost a great person who they where luck to have had you cross their path. But although we never meet you,i truly feel for the lost. My prayers go to you, and my condolences to your loved ones. May you rest in peace. — Mayra 06/03/2009 ****************

  • To Our Fallen Hero. We Are Sorrowed By Your Passing Leaving So Many Behind Missing You Everyday. We Will Always Remember You For All You Have Done With Your Short Time Here On Earth, For All Those You Have Touched and Loved You Will Not Beforegotten . We Will Look After You and Your Family Forever , and You Will Always Be In Our Hearts and Our Prayers. So Rest Now Our Hero, Our Friend, Rest in Peace-For The Lord Will Care For You Now….. — leonard green 06/03/2009 ****************

  • We little knew that morning god was going to call your name. In life you were loved dearly, In death we do the same. You left beautiful memories that will always be our guide. And though we cannot see you, you are always by our side. God bless the men & women of the Chicago Police Dept for the job that you do everyday and for the commitment you give to make the City of Chicago a better place to live. Our prayers are with Ofc Alejandro Valadez and his family. — Joseph C. Parisi & Family 06/03/2009 ****************

  • Our prayers have all been answered. I finally arrived. The healing that had been delayed has now been realized. No one’s in a hurry. There’s no schedule to keep. We’re all enjoying Jesus, just sitting at His feet. Cho: If you could see me now, I’m walking streets of gold. If you could see me now, I’m standing strong and whole. If you could see me now, you’d know I’ve seen His face. If you could see me now, you’d know the pain is erased. You wouldn’t want me to ever leave this place, If you could only see me now. My light and temporary trials have worked out for my good, To know it brought Him glory when I misunderstood. Though we’ve had our sorrows, they can never compare. What Jesus has in store for us, no language can share. (Chorus twice) You wouldn’t want me to ever leave this perfect place If you could only see me now If you could see me now If you could only see me now God Bless You Alejandro Valadez — Anonymous 06/03/2009 ****************

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Valadez’s family, friends, and fellow officers. Even though I left the CPD over 30 years ago, my heart aches when one of Chicago’s finest is killed while doing his job. I’ve lost many friends and comrades over the years. It’s something you learn to live with, but the hurting never ends. May God bless Valadez, and all of the CPD. — Bernie Banahan 06/03/2009 ****************

  • Thank you Officer Valadez for your service. May God bless your family, friends, and fellow officers. — S. Jinaki 06/03/2009 ****************

  • Although I did not know you personally I respect you deeply for all that you were and all that you gave. It is a great loss to our police family. I will keep your family and friends in heart and prayers. You will never be forgotten. — Michelle Maxwell 06/03/2009 ****************

  • I did not know officer Valadez but I do know his nephew little Adam. I was Adam’s lunch mother at St.Mary’s, Adam you and your family are in my prayers your uncle will always be with just remember all the great times you had with him. I love you Adam may God be with you always. — Dawn Ferrarini 06/03/2009 ****************

  • Our deepest sympathy’s and prayers go out to the Valadez family and the entire Chicago police department. May God bless all of you and may your memories bring you comfort in the very difficult time. — 8th district court advocates 06/03/2009 ****************

  • I have been a police officer for many years I have weeped thousands of tears I have lost many of my brothers in blue Today I weep these tears for you — Anonymous 06/03/2009 ****************

  • This is unbelievably hard to try and accept. I keep thinking about our days at the academy and on the streets. You always had a smile and something to say that made me in turn smile. I pray for your family and your unborn son, that he knows what kind of man his father was. I will never forget you bro!! — Hodges 06/03/2009 ****************

  • My heart goes out to Officer Valadez’s family, friends, and co-workers. i will continue to keep all of you lifted in prayer. Officer Valadez was a true hero and he will never be forgotten. — Cmdr. James Pickett, Evanston, Il. Police Dept. 06/03/2009 ****************

  • Alex, i typed several lines and have erased them all. I am still shocked by this tragedy and even though i know what i want to say, it just wont come out. I want you to know that i love you, that i will miss you. I know that you are in a better place my brother, keep a spot open for me and put in a good word. As these damn tears run down my eyes and this pain fills my heart i say good bye and see you soon. — Juan Cardenas 06/02/2009 ****************

  • My heart goes out to this fine officers family. We take an inherent risk each day we leave the safety of our families and homes. This is just 1 more heart wrenching example of the love and dedication you need for this job, and the man or woman next to you. I have an uncle in CPD blues whom I think of daily and pray for his safety as well as those of his brothers and sisters. One day this madness will stop, and I have to believe that, but until then, we must stay ever vigilant. May the spirit of God guide Officer Valadez to the halls of his ancestors and the warmth of everlasting love, joy and eternally sustained peace. God Bless You All and Be safe! — Spc Agent J 06/18/2009 ****************

  • REST I PEACE KNOWING YOU DID GODS WORK BROTHER, OFFICER. YOUR HARD WORK WILL BE CARRIED ON BY THE REST OF US, MEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPT.. — Anonymous 06/15/2009 ****************

  • There is no sacrifice greater than laying down one’s life for the safety of others, while working as a Police Officer. We express our respect and love for Officer Valadez who made this sacrifice. “Fidelis Ad Mortem” — P.O. Robert Anthony Boston Police Dept 06/11/2009 ****************

  • Going to miss you terribly! I never seen you have a bad day, always laughin’, always messin’, always with that smile on your face. rest in peace. love you, you will not be forgotten. — of 05-5b and 022 06/10/2009 ****************

  • Lord of our lives, our hope in death, we cannot listen to Taps without our souls stiring. It’s plaintive notes are a prayer in music–of hope, of peace, of grief, of rest.. Prepare us too, lord for our final bugle call when you summon us home! When the Trumpet of the Lord shall sound and death will be no more” By Chaplain E. Brogan (USAF, Ret.) — Officer M. Simi / Honor Guard – Bugler 06/09/2009 ****************

  • Our prayer go out to the family and friends of Officer Valadez. His memory will be eternal to all those that he has shared his life with. HEROS NEVER DIE. — Retired Lakeland Police Sergeant Mike Ivancevich, Lakeland, Fl 06/08/2009 ****************

  • Dear friends and family of Officer Valadez, you are in my thoughts and prayers. My most sincere wishes for a great Christmas and new year to all of you. Ofc. Valadez, you are a true hero and an inspiration to me.(God bless our nation’s officers and our families, be with us always and make us sharp and strong and ready! Amen.) Your friend and brother — Saul 12/10/2009 ****************

  • ALEX I THINK YOU ARE AN ANGEL NOW & YOU’RE SOME WHERE IN HEAVEN HELPING GOD PROTECT THE REST OF THE WORLD NOW. ALTHOUGH ARE FRIENDSHIP WAS SOMETHING BRIEF YOU ALWAYS HAD A PLACE IN MY MIND. I RECALL TELLING YOU STAY SAFE BE SAFE THE STREETS ARE FILLED WITH BAD PEOPLE & YOU ALWAYS THANKED ME FOR THAT & ASKED ME TO DO THE SAME. I PRAY FOR YOUR SOUL & FOR YOUR FAMILY. I MISS YOU & FEEL SAD THAT I WILL NEVER SEE YOUR SMILE AGAIN BUT YOU LIVE ON IN MY MEMORIES & THROUGH YOUR SON NOW & FOR THAT I AM GRATEFUL & FOREVER MORE FAITHFUL TO GOD. — JOLIE 10/29/2009 ****************

  • I always remembered when you baptized my doll in kindergarten, and referring to you as my compadre. I was devastated when I learned of your tragic death. I’ve always fondly remembered you and your family and I have your mom’s kindness to thank for that. I always felt like I was one of her own! My heart broke to see her so sad at the funeral.
    My deepest condolences to Alex’s family, friends and colleagues. I pray for you often, god bless you.

  • My prayers and condolences to fam & friends..

  • My prayers, to fam and friends. Officer A. Valadez you will never be forgotten

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