Pima County constable who died in line of duty given full military honors

Final respects were paid to Deborah Martinez-Garibay, the Pima County constable killed in Tucson while serving an eviction notice.
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 12:35 PM MST|Updated: Sep. 6, 2022 at 1:39 PM MST
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MARANA, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Final respects were paid Tuesday, Sept. 6, to the Pima County constable who was killed in the line of duty last month.

Deborah Martinez-Garibay’s ashes were interred at the Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Marana. The ceremony included full military honors for Martinez-Garibay, who was a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Army.

The 43-year-old Martinez-Garibay was well-loved and active in the Tucson community. She enlisted after the Sept. 11 attacks and served nearly two decades before she was injured while serving in Afghanistan.

Martinez-Garibay, a Democrat, was appointed constable in March 2022. She was set to run against Republican Bill Lake in the Nov. 8 election.

She was one of four people killed in a shooting at an apartment complex in midtown Tucson on Aug. 25.

Martinez-Garibay and apartment manager Angela Fox-Heath were serving an eviction notice on Gavin Lee Stansell when he opened fire on them.

Stansell also killed Elijah Miranda before taking his own life.

A GoFundMe drive has been set up to help Fox-Heath’s family with her funeral. As of Tuesday, more than $1,700 has been raised.

If anyone knew Miranda or knows of a GoFundMe drive for his family, please contact KOLD at desk@kold.com