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NV, CA officers escort 2 killed in Vegas carjacking

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CHP Officer Jesus Magdaleno, left, and Brandon Cruz, right, died in an attempt to stop a carjacking near the Las Vegas Strip. (left: CHP; right: Cruz's family) CHP Officer Jesus Magdaleno, left, and Brandon Cruz, right, died in an attempt to stop a carjacking near the Las Vegas Strip. (left: CHP; right: Cruz's family)
Family members of Jesus Magdaleno were comforted by CHP officers during Wednesday's procession. (Azenith Smith/FOX5) Family members of Jesus Magdaleno were comforted by CHP officers during Wednesday's procession. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Law enforcement officers from southern Nevada and California escorted Wednesday the body of a highway patrol officer who died trying to stop a carjacking in Las Vegas.

Authorities said the body of California Highway Patrol Officer Jesus Magdaleno left Las Vegas just after noon en route towards the Nevada stateline in a procession.

At the stateline, CHP officers met with the Nevada procession and received Magdaleno's body for escorted transport to his hometown of Visalia, CA.

CHP said the procession was expected to arrive at a funeral home in Visalia some time Wednesday evening.

The body of Magdaleno's brother-in-law, Brandon Cruz, who was also killed in the Aug. 18 carjacking incident, was also part of the procession as well, according to social media posts by relatives.

According to authorities, Magdaleno and Cruz were in Las Vegas for the CHP officer's bachelor party. They were checking out of the Flamingo Hotel and Casino when a man attempted to take off with their pick-up truck, Las Vegas Metro police said.

The pair was in the bed of the vehicle in an attempt to stop the suspect when a collision ejected them from the truck, police said.

Magdaleno died at the scene while Cruz died at University Medical Center.

Police said James Montgomery was charged in connection to the incident. On Wednesday, Montgomery made his initial appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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