Killed in the line of duty; North Kansas City Police officer laid to rest, local officers attend

Ofc Daniel Vasquez, 36, was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop last week.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Wednesday local officers traveled to Kansas City for the funeral and procession of Ofc Daniel Vasquez who was shot and killed last week.

The service was attended by hundreds of officers from around the state and region.  Joplin Police sent two officers and Jasper County Sheriff’s office had three officers attend.

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CLAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE “We were humbled to be among the law enforcement who honored North Kansas City Police Officer Daniel Vasquez yesterday. We also covered NKC’s calls for service so all of their members could take the time they needed to remember Officer Vasquez. Please continue to keep his family, friends and coworkers in your prayers and thoughts.” Officers attending funeral gathered for photos outside of the church Wednesday. Two Joplin Police officers and three Jasper County Deputies were among them.

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Ofc Daniel Vasquez Funeral Procession. Image courtesy Mayor Bryant Warren DeLong of North Kansas City, Mo. July 27, 2022.

Officer Daniel Francisco Vasquez
January 19, 1990 – July 19, 2022
North Kansas City, MO

Daniel Francisco Vasquez – Loving son, brother, friend, Law Enforcement Officer and shining star to all who crossed paths with him was called upon to receive his crown in Heaven.

Daniel started serving the communities of Wyandotte County, Kansas and Jackson County, Missouri by working security. Daniel served as an “Avenue Angel”, ensuring the safety of the businesses and citizens. He was recognized for assisting Law Enforcement in the apprehension of an attempted homicide suspect. From there, he continued working to obtain his lifelong dream to work in law enforcement and joined Kansas City, Missouri Police Department as a Detention Officer from March 2019 thru July 2020. His passion for serving his community was stronger than ever. Daniel then applied to become an officer with North Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. He was hired and attended the KCPD Regional Police Academy, graduating with Class #171, on July 8th, 2021. He faithfully served the citizens of North Kansas City until his passing on July 19th, 2022. Daniel has received the highest honor of recognition from North Kansas City Police Department; the Medal of Valor.

Daniel is the youngest of three children, the first generation Mexican-American in the family born in Kansas City, Kansas. As a child he enjoyed playing sports which included football, baseball, and wrestling. Daniel played the drums for his church, as well as learning to play numerous other instruments. In his free time, he enjoyed spending time with his family, fiancé, and friends. He enjoyed playing video games, cooking, trying new foods, working out, and going to rodeos. Daniel was always smiling, joking around, and friendly to everyone, He was a loving and supportive Uncle. He is best described as respectful, compassionate, dependable, and a protector to all that knew him.

His family, friends, co-workers, Law Enforcement Family, and the community have lost a loving and respectable community servant who will be missed beyond measure.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents on his Father’s side: Rafaela Hernandez De Vasquez, Manuel Vasquez Vasquez; grandparents on his Mother’s side: Raquel Sauceda De Nunez, Reymundo Nunez Casillas; His Aunt on his Mother’s side: Maria Luisa Nunez De Hernandez and a close family member and Army Veteran, Salvador Rangel.

Daniel leaves behind his loving family to include his Father Francisco Vasquez Hernandez, Mother Guadalupe Nunez De Vasquez, Oldest Sister Areli Vasquez Nunez, Middle Sister Eunice Zuniga, Brother- in-Law Luis A. Zuniga Matute, Nephew Luis F. Zuniga, Niece Isabella Zuniga; Daniel’s fiancé Katie Filger and her family to include: Grandfather Ronald Filger, Grandmother Wanda Filger, Father Brad Filger, Sister Linsey Filger, Uncle Danny Filger, Aunt Stacy Filger and Cousins Nick, Luke, and Ava Filger.

Officer Vasquez also leaves behind countless friends to include North Kansas City Police Department, and the Blue Family far and wide.

Courtesy Mayor of North Kansas City, Bryant Warren DeLong

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