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Slain Boulder Police Officer was Highland Graduate

Posted March 23, 2021, 12:10 PM. Updated July 20, 2022, 11:40 AM.

Read the statement by Superintendent Scott Elder on the mass shooting that took Police Officer Eric Talley's life.

The entire Albuquerque Public Schools community wishes to express our deepest condolences for the loss of Boulder, Colo., Police Officer Eric Talley, and each of the victims who lost their lives in yesterday’s senseless mass murder.

Officer Talley graduated from Highland High School in 1988. Like so many of our graduates, Officer Talley could have done anything he wanted with his life, and he chose to serve and protect.

In our sadness and grief, I hope we can remember the example Officer Talley leaves us all. We won’t forget Office Talley put others before himself, was dedicated to public service, and by all accounts loved his family deeply.

It is unfathomable to imagine what the survivors of yesterday’s mass shooting and the loved ones of those killed are going through. At this time, prayer, empathy, and kindness seem the most appropriate way to honor all the lives that ended so tragically and abruptly.

Scott Elder
Superintendent, Albuquerque Public Schools