As the L.A. police department mourns a third officer to die in the line of duty in as many months, a new memorial dedicated to fallen LAPD officers will go on display to honor their service.
Roberto Sanchez, 32, was killed Saturday in a hit-and-run car crash in Harbor City.
Officers Nicholas Lee and Chris Cortijo were also killed in crashes recently. They, like Sanchez, died while artist Tim Lampros and his crew were building the wall, and will be added to its ranks.
"There hadn't been an in the line of duty death in L.A. in years and so it's not something you really think about," said Lampros. "And then all of a sudden one morning, you come into work, and you go, we have to add a name to this. They were emotional days for us. It just turned from something not historical, we're making it current events."
The 9-foot, 14,0000-pound memorial wall is made of steel and was commissioned by the L.A. Police Protective League.. Two hundred and six officer names are illuminated along with six giant badges.
It is currently in Sacramento for the annual California Peace Officers' Memorial Ceremony. The wall will be on display in downtown L.A. starting Wednesday night outside LAPD's headquarters.