Memorials, fundraisers planned in wake of Phoenix police officer's death

PHOENIX - In the wake of a shootout that killed Phoenix police officer Det. John Hobbs on Monday, various organizations and community members have banded together to offer fundraisers, memorials and vigils.

Det. John Hobbs, 43, served for 21 years until he was shot and killed by William Thornton, who was wanted as a suspect in an attempted murder.  Detective Albert Casados, 37, was also injured in the incident. He was released from the hospital March 5.

On Sunday, the 10th Annual Arizona Fallen Officer Memorial 5K Walk/Run will start at the Wesley Bolin Plaza at 8 .am. The event honors Arizona’s fallen officers and is hosted by Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) Arizona and the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial Board.

Sunday’s 5K will raise money to benefit the families and colleagues of fallen officers and provide training and retreats to help those affected by the loss of an officer to move forward. 

For more information or to register for the 5K, go to .

Local cooking sauce business Sauce It All will be donating $2 from every bottle of sauce sold at two farmers markets this weekend to the 100 Club.

Sauce It All will be selling its sauces at the Central Farmers Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Wigwam Farmers Markets on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Central Farmers Market is located at Central and Northern Avenues at the United Methodist Church in Phoenix. The Wigwam Farmers Market is located on Wigwam Boulevard and Old Litchfield Road.

Visitation for Detective Hobbs will take place 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9 at Surprise Funeral Care in Surprise, Ariz.

Hobbs' funeral will be Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m. at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria.

In addition to these events, ABC15 manned a phone bank to raise money to benefit Hobbs’ family on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donors pledged more than $52,000 to support the 100 Club, an organization that provides support to officers, firefighters, paramedics and their families.

On Thursday, a benefit cookout at the Police Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) Garage Grill was held to raise funds for Det. Hobbs’ and Casados' families. The Garage Grill located at 1102 West Adams Street in Phoenix, served hot dogs and hamburgers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A community prayer vigil was held Friday at 5 p.m. near the scene of the shootout, in the Title Max Loan parking lot at 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The vigil honored the fallen and injured officer.


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