Memorial motorcade held for slain Umatac ex-mayor; family and friends pay their respects

A memorial motorcade was held Sunday afternoon for slain former Umatac mayor Daniel Sanchez. The Mayors Council of Guam is also planning to hold a memorial to honor the former mayor. (PNC photo by Isaiah Aguon)

On Sunday afternoon, a motorcade was held in honor of former Umatac Mayor Daniel Sanchez.

Sanchez was not only a mayor for Umatac, where he served from 2005 to 2009, he was also a former Guam Police Department officer, a son, a brother, and a father who would be remembered for his smile and dedication to helping the island community.

At 3 pm Sunday, the memorial ceremony started at the Cetti Bay Lookout and participants made their way around the whole village, finally wrapping up at Umatac Bay.

Villagers who were unable to attend were asked by family members to join in by standing outside their houses as the motorcade passed by.

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The former Umatac mayor’s oldest daughter Arlena Sanchez spoke at the tribute.

Arlena thanked everyone for joining the motorcade.

“He’s loved by many. It’s a great injustice done to one of our own in Umatac. We are hurting but let his memory live on by following his example of loving one another. Give from your heart, honor, and value. He’s smiling down on us today, along with my mom. We love you, Dad. We love you, Mom,” she said.

Funeral arrangements are pending, according to Mayors Council of Guam Executive Director Angel Sablan.