Texas Tech memorial fund established for slain officer
LUBBOCK, Texas (KVII) - Texas Tech University has set up a memorial fund on its website to honor Floyd East Jr., the Texas Tech University Police Officer killed in the line of duty Monday night.
From the Office of the President:
"Dear Texas Tech and Lubbock communities,
Texas Tech University has established a memorial fund to support the family of Officer Floyd East Jr., whose life was taken suddenly Monday, while serving the university as a member of the campus police department. Officer East is survived by his wife, Carmen, and two daughters, Ana and Monica.
This week has been difficult, but I am heartened at the display of compassion and outpouring of support shown by the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities and people across the country toward Officer East’s family and the Texas Tech Police Department. I can’t begin to convey enough my deep appreciation to all law enforcement agencies involved in the timely apprehension of the suspect.
Texas Tech is a special place, and we have displayed the unwavering West Texas spirit that drives our caring for one another. Thank you for your consideration of support for the East family.
According to the donation page, Officer Floyd East Jr., 48, began his career with the Texas Tech Police Department on December 1, 2014 as a guard at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas. While working as a guard, Officer East attended the El Paso Community College Law Enforcement Academy to obtain his Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) Basic Peace Officer license. He subsequently graduated from the Police Academy on June 22, 2016. He transferred to the Texas Tech Police Department Lubbock campus on May 1, 2017 as a police officer, completing his Field Training Officer Program on August 31, 2017.
Officer East is survived by his wife and two daughters.