A rookie Arlington police officer killed Dec. 28 while answering a domestic call in Arlington was remembered, during funeral services earlier this month, for her selfless sacrifice.
Officer Jillian Smith, 24, was shot while trying to protect an 11-year-old girl. The gunman also killed the child’s mother before shooting and killing himself.
Her pastor and others remembered her as an “angel” and “all-American girl,” according to media reports.
Smith graduated cum laude from UT Arlington in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice. Faculty recalled her as a strong student with a bright smile who was determined to pursue her career goal of becoming a police officer in her hometown of Arlington.
“She was the kind of student every professor loves to have – smart, hard-working, involved – and she knew exactly what she wanted in life,” said Dr. Randall Butler, visiting assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice.
Dr. Alejandro del Carmen, chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, said faculty plan to organize a scholarship in Smith’s honor.