"May Elise's death awake the heart of this City."
CLYDE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - An Abilene police officer was killed in a crash on I-20 near Clyde Sunday evening.
Abilene Police Department has confirmed Detective Elise Ybarra was
killed during a crash while she and two other detectives, Robert Collins
and Chris Milliron, were their way to Dallas for the Crimes Against
The Texas Department of Public Safety said
Detective Ybarra was driving slowly down the eastbound lanes of the
interstate due to traffic from a previous accident when her car was
struck by another vehicle, which was traveling at highway speed just
after 6:00 p.m..
Detective Ybarra was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash. She leaves behind her husband and 10-month-old baby girl.
Collins and Detective Milliron were both transported to Hendrick
Medical Center for treatment.Their injuries are not believed to be
During a press conference, Abilene Police Chief
Stan Standridge said the Department is "devastated" over the loss of
Detective Ybarra, who began her career in Law Enforcement in Sedalia,
Missouri, before moving to Abilene where she became a detective with the
Special Victims Unit.
He said he was immediately struck by
Detective Ybarra's desire to serve the City since becoming a member of
the force in November of 2014. She had a profound impact on this
community, according to Chief Standridge, who says her loss affects
everyone, from her fellow department members, to her family, to the
citizens she served every day.
Chief Standridge met with pastors
prior to the conference, and he says one of the things they discussed
was the impact Detective Ybarra's death could have moving forward,
especially on the heels of several acts of violence across the City over
the past few weeks.
"May Elise's death awake the heart of this City," Chief Standridge said. "We've had enough pain. We've had enough tragedy."
went on to plea to the citizens of Abilene, saying, "I would hope that
you would stand beside the police department as we grieve the lives of
one of our own."
City Manager Robert Hanna also spoke during the
conference, saying that it's never easy to add a name to the list of law
enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty, and he, as City
Manager, is asking that everyone pray for the families of the officers
injured Sunday night, especially for Detective Elise's husband and
The conference concluded with a prayer from Pastor
Chuck Farnia with New Hope Church, who wanted to remind citizens that
tragedies like these are a "call to unity. . . a call to prayer". He's
asking the community to make this a time to "come together and pray" for
the Abilene Police Department and all the other lives Detective Ybarra
The Abilene Police Foundation told KTAB and KRBC they
will be addressing the needs of Detective Ybarra's family as well as the
families of Detective Collins and Detective Milliron in the coming
days, and any updates, including what is needed and how to donate, will
be posted to AbilenePoliceFoundation.org.