Solemn funeral held to honor slain Pinoy public safety officer

Victorville, California — It was a celebration of life, honoring a man dedicated to serving and protecting.

With police officers and park rangers lining the High Desert Church in Victorville, 36-year-old Philippine-born Mark Manlapaz was laid to rest.

Manlapaz was stabbed to death while on the job as a public safety specialist at Cal Poly Pomona on June 29th.

Manlapaz has worked on the campus the past 16 years, while also working as a park ranger in the city of Claremont.

Police say that 27-year-old Rodney Lee Hunter, a custodian at Cal Poly Pomona was seen earlier in the day acting erratically, stabbing Manlapaz to death at a remote part of campus at around 4:30 pm.

Hunter was then shot by police about 20 minutes later on campus.

Officers have yet to release how long hunter has worked on campus and have yet to determine the motivation or if the two men knew each other.

“The two most undeserving people is Mark and his mother. Mark did not deserve to lose his life,” said Kenneth McCarthy. “His mother and only child on top of it. She’s lost a husband and she’s lost a son. That’s a lot to bear.”

The Manila-born Manlapaz migrated to the US as a teenager but would help family members financially…

He had visited the Philippines earlier this year, and speakers at the service recalled his kindness from his willingness to help other people and even animals.

“He was the core to those privileged enough to know him, strong patient decisive motivating and collaborative. Everything he did was a benefit to others,” said Ali Martinez.

While his death still has unanswered questions, there were no questions that Manlapaz was well lived, highly respected, and celebrated by the communities he served.

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