A memorial service for two Palm Springs police officers fatally shot while responding to a disturbance call earlier this month is scheduled to take place Tuesday morning.
The service for Officers Lesley Zerebny and Jose “Gil” Vega begins at 11 a.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center, located at 277 North Avenida Caballeros.
The memorial will be preceded by two separate processions.
The procession for Officer Zerebny will leave the Ramona Bowl Amphitheater in Hemet at 7:30 a.m., and is expected to arrive at the Convention Center by 9:30 a.m.
The procession for Officer Vega is scheduled to depart from Forest Lawn Mortuary at 9:30 a.m. and arrive at the Convention Center at 9:45 a.m.
Graveside honors for Vega will immediately follow the memorial at the Coachella Valley Public Cemetery, located at 82925 Avenue 52 in Coachella.
Graveside honors for Zerebny are scheduled to take place at a private location and will only be open to family members.
Vega and Zerebny were shot through a closed front door on Oct. 8 as they tried to get a man to step out of a home following a disturbance call.
Vega, 63, and Zerebny, 27, were rushed to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
A third officer was also struck by the gunfire, but survived the injuries.
Following a 12-hour standoff, authorities took 26-year-old John Felix into custody.
Prosecutors have filed first-degree murder charges against Felix in the shooting, which was described as an “ambush” by District Attorney Michael Helstrin.
Felix is eligible for the death penalty.
Zerebny had just returned to duty following maternity leave when she responded to the Oct. 8 call.
She leaves behind her husband, who is a deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, and a 4-month old daughter.
Vega, a father of eight, had served as a police officer for 35 years and was due to retire in December.