Luis Mario Herrera, age 50 of Lincoln, died September 7, 2020, surrounded by his family, at University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Herrera served on the Lincoln Police Department for 23 years after joining in 1997. Previously, Herrera served in the U.S. Army before moving to Lincoln in 1995 where he became a member of the Nebraska State Patrol.
Mario, as he was known by all, was born on May 12, 1970 in Inglewood, California to Raúl and María (Quijada) Herrera. Just before his 8th birthday, the family moved to Faucett, Missouri. While in Missouri, Mario attended Mid-Buchanan High School where he was a member of the Football, Basketball, Wrestling, and Track teams. He also played saxophone in the school band. After graduation Mario went on to earn a degree in Political Science with a minor in Spanish at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Mario married Carrie Cronin on March 9, 1996. They had four beautiful children, Juan Carlos Herrera, Olivia Herrera, Adelina Herrera, and Celia Herrera.
Mario is survived by his wife Carrie and their four children; siblings Raúl Sergio Herrera, Adelaida (husband Todd) Ehinger, Francisco (wife Jackie) Herrera, Barbara (husband Tim) Schneider and Raúl Eusebio Herrera; mother-in-law Diane (husband Mel) Hain, father-in-law Michael Cronin; sister-in-law Melissa (husband Gary) Wood, brothers-in-law Tim (wife Jessica) Cronin and Jason (wife Jessie) Hain, his maternal aunt Angelica (husband Victor) García as well as 24 nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Herrera was shot in the line of duty on August 26 while serving a search warrant near 33rd and Vine streets. His body was escorted back the day he died from UNMC back to Lincoln where a major outpouring of support by residents, law enforcement and other first responders.
Karla James, Michael Reed and Kellan Heavican contributed to this story.