2 slain California police officers remembered at memorial

    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Thousands of people gathered Tuesday to remember a rookie police officer just back from maternity leave and a veteran only months away from retirement who were shot to death in what authorities called an ambush by a gang member.

    Relatives and a co-worker told officers from across the country and other mourners that Palm Springs police officer Jose “Gil” Vega, 63, loved coffee and doughnuts, golf and telling jokes – and above all, public service.

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