Memorial fund created for slain TSA officer

November 6, 2013
This June, 2013 photo released by the Hernandez family Nov. 2, 2013, shows Transportation Security Administration officer Gerardo Hernandez. (AP Photo/Courtesy Hernandez Family)
This June, 2013 photo released by the Hernandez family Nov. 2, 2013, shows Transportation Security Administration officer Gerardo Hernandez. (AP Photo/Courtesy Hernandez Family)

The family of the Transportation Security Officer who was shot and killed at Los Angeles International Airport last week, has started a memorial fund in his memory.

Gerardo Ismael Hernandez, 39, is the first TSA officer to be killed in the line of duty since the agency was created following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

The gunman, identified by the FBI as Paul Ciancia, 23, of Los Angeles, killed Hernandez and wounded three others, including two TSA officers, before he was stopped by police near a Burger King on the departure-gate side of the security checkpoint.

Ciancia has been charged with murder. Authorities said he had signed a letter to TSA employees saying that he wanted to “instill fear in your traitorous minds.”

Hernandez was a married father of two who lived in Porter Ranch, Calif. He had worked at the agency since 2010.

Checks to the Hernandez fund should be made payable to the Gerardo Ismael Hernandez Memorial Fund and sent to the following address:
Gerardo Ismael Hernandez Memorial Fund

c/o First Entertainment Credit Union
6735 Forest Lawn Drive
Hollywood, CA  90068

Related: As investigators search for a motive in the shooting at LAX, friends and neighbors of the TSA agent killed remain in disbelief.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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