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Fiancée remembers Tacoma Officer Jake Gutierrez as anniversary of his death approaches

Rebecca Humphrey visits her her fiancé's memorial in Tacoma. Tacoma Police Officer Jake Gutierrez was shot and killed during a domestic violence call in November 2016. (Photo: KOMO News) 

TACOMA, Wash. - Rebecca Humphrey still struggles every day.

Last November, her fiancé, Tacoma Police Officer Jake Gutierrez was shot and killed during a domestic violence call. He was 45.

"I’ve spent a lot of time alone. A lot of time contemplating why he was the one taken,” Humphrey said.

She and Jake were planning a December wedding at the time. She expected they would be celebrating their first anniversary next week, but instead, this Thursday, she’ll mark one year without him.

“It’s just another day I’m not with him,” Humphrey said. “Another day I can’t touch him, and rollover and feel his heartbeat next to mine. He was my best friend.”

Humphrey took six months off from work. She stills thinks about Jake every day. She is planning a private ceremony for him this Thursday, and expects it will be tough. But she knows this anniversary is just part of moving forward.

“It doesn’t feel like it’s been a year,” she said.

So she’s trying to remember not only what she lost, but what she and Tacoma were lucky to have for so many years.

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