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Funds Raised for Family of Drowned Santa Monica Police Officer

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April 18, 2019 -- More than $16,000 were raised on the first day of a fundraising drive to aid the family of Santa Monica Police Officer Rashad Riley, who drowned Friday afternoon off the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Riley, 40, was a member of the Department’s Homeless Liaison Program who was known as a mentor of local youth at the Santa Monica Police Explorer and Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) programs, police officials said.
Officer Rashad Riley

He was swimming back to shore after jumping of a point at Shipwreck’s Beach in Keoneloa Bay when he apparently became distressed near the rocky area, according to a report by KHON 2.

Bystanders lost sight of him and called 911, according to the report. Lifguards, firefighters and a rescue air crew conducted a search.

The air crew, with the aid of surfers, located Riley's body at around 3:20 p.m., according to the report. Lifeguards on jet skis brought his body to shore.

"Officer Riley was a beloved friend to all who knew him, and mentor to local youth," the Police Department said in a statement.

"He served the Santa Monica Police Department with great pride, courage and integrity for the past three years.

"With an infectious and genuine smile, he always demonstrated compassion and empathy when interacting with the community," the statement said.

"Officer Riley will be truly missed by his SMPD family, all other personnel who served the City along with him, as with all community members that he deeply touched."

Officer Riley leaves behind a wife and three children.

A GoFundMe page established to collect donations on behalf of his family had raised $16,085 from 136 donors as of noon Thursday.

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