Christopher Zamora

1977 - 2021

Christopher Antonio Zamora, 44, a 20-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Dept., took his own life as a result of PTSD. He was born in 1977 and spent his entire life in Southern California. In 2006, he married Devorah, and they later had two wonderful children, Izabelle and Zoey. He loved challenging himself intellectually and athletically — bicycling, Baker to Vegas, jogging with his labrador retriever, Zeekie, up Signal Hill, swimming with his family, and anything ocean-related. He was a volunteer with Long Beach Search & Rescue.

His esteemed 20-year career mostly focused on interdicting California gangs, and he was often sought as an expert witness throughout the region. His policing was also dedicated to stopping sex trafficking. He worked closely with Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert, and later became involved in a community policing program that addressed systemic issues of abuse, mental health, and poverty. This program helped many people to have a second chance in life rather than getting stuck in a repeating cycle of poverty, addiction, and incarceration. While many saw an outgoing and confident officer, only a few saw the sensitive man who suffered in silence from the trauma of witnessing two decades of life on the streets. On Nov. 12th, he became the fourth LBPD officer to take his own life.

He is survived by his grieving wife Devorah, and daughters Izabelle (14) and Zoey (9), as well as loving parents Victor and Mary Zamora; siblings Victor Michael (Jen) and Annette (Danny). A public celebration of his life with honor guard will be held at the Beverly O’Neill Theater at the Long Beach Convention Center on Thurs. Dec. 16th and 1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in Chris Zamora’s name to the Long Beach Widows & Orphans Fund, 2865 Temple Ave., Long Beach, CA 90755 longbeachpoa.org

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