Tunnel to Towers Foundation Delivers Mortgage-Free Home to Slain Raleigh Police Officer’s Family

Tunnel to Towers Foundation Delivers Mortgage-Free Home 

to Slain Raleigh Police Officer’s Family

Officer Gabriel Torres was shot and killed on October 13th, 2022

In a private ceremony, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation welcomed the family of Fallen Raleigh Police Officer Gabriel Torres into their new mortgage-free home. 

Officer Gabriel Torres lost his life in the line of duty on October 13th, 2022. He was on his way to work when he was shot and killed during a mass shooting in his own neighborhood. 

The 29-year-old officer left behind his wife, Jasmin, and their daughter, Layla. 

There are some things in life that you just do not expect to happen. I never expected to tragically lose my husband last October. I did, however, expect our normal routine. He was supposed to make it to work alive…come home alive. He did not get that chance,” said Jasmin Torres. 

After this tragic and sudden loss, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation immediately reached out to Jasmin, to offer its support and a mortgage-free home. 

When the ache in my heart slightly settled, my brain kicked into overdrive. How will I do this? All these bills, our home, our future? I began to realize that our dreams and goals were now further out of reach. Tunnel to Towers helped restore my diminished confidence to tackle life head-on with my daughter. The unexpected happened again, this time in the most incredible way ever,” said Jasmin. 

Raleigh Police Chief Estella Patterson thanked Tunnel to Towers during the ceremony. The Raleigh Police Department is extremely grateful for the love, benevolence, and support Tunnel to Towers has given to Jasmin and Layla. Their commitment to honor the lives of our fallen heroes and their families across the nation is remarkable,” said Chief Patterson. 

Raleigh Police Major Brian Harrison knows Tunnel to Towers support will make a difference for the Torres family. “None of us can ever replace the hole that Gabe left in this family and in this world, but we can honor him and carry on his legacy of service.  In Galatians 6, we are called to “Carry each other’s burdens…” and hopefully today will ease part of Jasmin and Layla’s burden….a safe place for Layla to grow up, a place where family always has a place to stay, and a place where friends and family can come to honor the life and service of Gabe,” said Major Harrison.  

The Tunnel to Towers Fallen First Responder Program pays off the mortgages for the families of law enforcement officers and firefighters who are killed in the line of duty, pass away from 9/11-related illnesses, and leave behind young children.

Officer Torres dedicated his life to his country, community, and family. He served in the Marines before serving the citizens of Raleigh. He is a hero, and I am honored to welcome his family into our family and provide them with a forever home,” said Tunnel to Towers Chairman and CEO Frank Siller. 

Jasmin says her husband would be speechless by the support she has received. “I know he would be so thankful that his girls are being taken care of; he worked so hard to do that for us himself.

Join Tunnel to Towers on its mission to support the heroes who continue to risk life and limb in the line of duty and the families they leave behind by donating $11 per month at t2t.org.

About the Tunnel to Towers Foundation

Born from the tragedy of 9/11, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation carries out its mission to “do good,” by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children and by building specially-adapted smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. Tunnel to Towers is also committed to eradicating veteran homelessness and helping America to Never Forget September 11, 2001. Visit t2t.org to learn more.

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Trevor Tamsen — Trevor.Tamsen@t2t.org