Co-workers of a slain police officer are trying to lessen her family's burden.
The Escondido Police Officers Association (POA) is hosting a fundraiser on Monday, Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria at 3958 5th Avenue in Hillcrest. One hundred percent of proceeds will benefit the Officer Laura Perez Memorial Fund.
Perez, 25, was found shot to death inside a storage locker on July 23. Before her body was discovered, there was a fire at her Murrieta home that investigators determined was arson.
The victim’s husband, 27-year-old Freddy Perez-Rodas, has been arrested and charged with the murder.
Perez leaves behind a 4-year-old daughter, who is now being raises by her grandmother. The POA wants to help pay for Suzeth’s care as well as replace her possessions, like toys and clothes, that were lost in the house fire.
Autographed NFL memorabilia will be raffled off at Monday’s fundraiser.
Perez joined the Escondido Police Department in October 2013 and “was on the fast track to being named rookie officer of the year,” according to a statement from the POA.
EPD held a car wash on Aug. 10 that raised $12,000 for Suzeth’s college fund. However, not all fundraisers for Officer Perez have been well-intentioned. Sami Ahmed Saeed, 25, is accused of setting up a fake fundraising website in Laura Perez’s name. Saeed faces four counts of identity theft, three counts of passing a fraudulent check, one count of possession of a forged identity and one count of receiving stolen property.