BAKERSFIELD, California (KGET) – A procession was held to honor a correctional officer who died five months after being assaulted by inmates at Kern Valley State Prison.
A multi-agency procession escorted 56-year-old Armando Gallegos’ body from the coroner’s office to a chapel in Visalia.
The procession made its way down Highway 99 Monday afternoon.
Bakersfield CHP then handed off the procession to Visalia CHP at the Kern County line.
Last week, Kern Valley State Prison officer Armando Gallegos died and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association said his death was from the injuries he suffered in April, when a group of inmates attacked him.
CCPOA is calling Gallegos’ death murder, but no charges have been filed and a cause of death has not been determined.
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