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Seventh anniversary of deputy’s roadside murder

Slain officer has 13-acre park in Saugus named in his honor

Posted: April 29, 2009 8:29 p.m.
Updated: April 30, 2009 7:00 a.m.

David March

 

It’s been seven years since Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy David March, of Saugus, was shot to death by Armando Jose Arroyo Garcia, a three-time convicted drug dealer and twice-deported Mexican national.

The date was April 29, 2002. The morning he was killed, March was traveling alone in an LASD patrol vehicle. He made a routine traffic stop in Irwindale, pulling over a vehicle Garcia was driving. There was a confrontation. Garcia shot March several times and fled to Mexico.

March was 33. He left behind wife Teri, a step-daughter, parents John and Barbara March, and sister Erin March Hildreth, of Santa Clarita.

Garcia remained in Mexico for four years. He was extradited to stand trial for March’s murder only after Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley took the death penalty off the table if Garcia was convicted.

Garcia pleaded guilty in a Pomona courtroom. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and sent to Calipatria State Penitentiary in Imperial Valley.

March had been scheduled to begin work at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. His funeral services were held at Grace Baptist Church in Saugus. A 13-acre park on Via Joyce Drive in Saugus was dedicated in his name.

 

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