Police escort fallen officer

Line of police vehicles on road.

Navajo Times | Krista Allen
Navajo Nation Police officers from at least three districts escort the body of fallen Kayenta Police Officer Nelson L. Martin. The officers made a stop at the Kayenta Public Safety Complex en route to a funeral home in Shiprock.


Navajo Nation Police officers on Thursday afternoon escorted the body of fallen Kayenta Police Officer Nelson L. Martin from Flagstaff to Shiprock.

Martin, 35, was killed in a vehicle accident on Monday night in Gray Mountain, Arizona. He was a passenger in a pickup truck that crashed into a semi.

The truck was driven by Rosales Yazzie who was badly injured and was transported to a hospital where he is recovering. Yazzie was intoxicated at the time, and could be facing vehicular manslaughter charges. He is not a police officer.

Martin was was hired in 2002 as a senior police officer for Kayenta Police District. He was promoted in 2007.

Martin was originally from Tsébii’ndzisgaii, Utah.

Martin’s funeral will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Tsébii’ndzisgaii.

The Navajo PD is expected to accompany Martin’s funeral procession. Police officers from Tuba City Police District also will give a 21-gun salute in his honor.

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Krista Allen

Krista Allen is the Western Agency Bureau reporter for the Navajo Times. She covers the western half of the Navajo Nation, including Page, Tuba City, Kaibeto, Cameron, Tonalea and Shonto. She can be reached at kallen@navajotimes.com.