SAN ANTONIO, TX, U.S.A.
SAN ANTONIO POLICE DEPARTMENT, SAN ANTONIO, TX
11/20/2016, SAN ANTONIO, TX, U.S.A.
Detective Benjamin Marconi was born in 1966 to former SAPD officer James and his wife Minerva in Floresville, TX. He earned a business degree from Texas A&M-Kingsville before joining the police force.
On November 20, 2016, Benjamin Marconi, a detective with the San Antonio Police Department, was shot to death by a motorist who stopped his car, got out, and shot Marconi who was sitting in his patrol car in front of the department’s headquarters, writing a ticket for a routine traffic stop.
Tough but compassionate, a faithful listener, stolid, approachable, and a lover of sweets. Fellow officers recalled his mischievous smile. His two children say what they’ll miss the most is his “deep-bellied laughter.”
Above all, those who knew San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, remembered him as their “rock” – a man who put his duty to his family and city before everything else.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better father,” Marconi’s son, Dane Marconi, said, pausing to hold back tears. “He was always there. Sporting events, school, stealing Jacy’s cupcakes … I just hope that I’m half the man he was.”
“Ben was a kind man, but he was a force to be reckoned with,” the fallen officer’s daughter, Jacy Marconi, said to the more than 3,000 people at his funeral Monday morning. “He taught my brother and I that you should always stand your ground, and to speak your voice and your opinion, but let others feel safe in voicing their opinions.”
Fellow officer in the special victims unit, SGT Michael Davis, spoke of Marconi’s ability to “simplify the most complex problems” and provide a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
“He experienced and saw things on a daily basis that most people rarely experience in a lifetime,” SGT Davis said. “While performing his duties, Ben never forgot that there were true needs of compassion for all persons.”
SGT Norwood Jones, an officer from Marconi’s academy class, said the man’s “personality was bigger than life.”