The Weld County Sheriff's Office announced funeral plans for the deputy who died in a hit-and-run crash Sept. 18.
Services for Alexis Hein-Nutz will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Foundations Church in Loveland. They are closed to the public, but sheriff's office spokesman Joe Moylan said the church will provide a live stream at https://live.foundationschurch.org/
Meantime, the suspect in the incident remains in jail on a $500,000 bond. Thanks to a number of tips, authorities were able to track Norberto Gonzalez-Garcia to Fort Collins, according to Weld County Sheriff's Office spokesman Joe Moylan. The sheriff's department, the Colorado State Patrol and Fort Collins police arrested Gonzalez-Garcia late Sept. 19. His first court appearance was Sept. 20, during which a Weld County judge increased Gonzalez-Garcia's bond to $500,000.
The 24-year-old Weld County sheriff's deputy died Sept. 18 in the hit-and-run crash. Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams identified the deputy as Alexis Hein-Nutz. Hein-Nutz, who was a week from her 25th birthday, joined the department almost four years ago and was assigned to the jail, where she was a detentions deputy.
Reams said Hein-Nutz was riding her motorcycle on her way to work when the crash happened at AA Street and WCR 37, just north of Greeley, according to officials.
“Gonzalez-Garcia made no attempt to provide Alexis aid despite her obvious injuries,” Reams said in a statement. “Instead, he ran away like a coward and hid in a nearby cornfield.”
Troopers with the CSP are helping the sheriff’s office with the investigation. Reams said evidence at the scene — a false green card and a fake Social Security card — indicated Gonzalez-Garcia was in the country illegally.
Hein-Nutz was born in Bismarck, N.D. Reams said it was the deputy’s dream to be a peace officer. After she graduated from the Weld County jail academy, Hein-Nutz posted this on Facebook.
“After many years of dreaming of being in law enforcement, I can finally say I am officially following my dreams. This is only the first stepping stone to a brighter future. Here is to a better life and doing what I was meant to do.”
Reams called his fallen deputy “a hard worker, a caring deputy and a positive force for our agency.”
“I share in my deputies’ grief and in their anger over her senseless and tragic passing,” Reams said in the statement. “But we are a family, and we will get through this painful event together.”
The sheriff’s office is accepting donations to help with the deputy’s funeral through its 501c3 program. Drop off checks at the sheriff’s department headquarters, 1950 O St., Greeley, Include your name, address and phone number to receive a tax letter.
Anyone with information should call CSP investigators at 303-239-4501.
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