More than a dozen police officers escorted Vanessa Vega to school Monday morning, her first day back since her father was killed in the line of duty two weeks ago.
Jose "Gil" Vega, 63, was one of two Palm Springs officers shot and killed while responding to a family disturbance call on October 8.
He leaves behind a wife and eight children, and eight-year-old Vanessa is his youngest.
To show they'll always support her, the officers picked Vanessa up at home and drove her to Rio Vista Elementary, where she is in fourth grade.
"It is a very tragic time for her. We can't walk away. She has a whole new family to rely on," Palm Springs Police Sgt. William Hutchinson told The Desert Sun.