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San Juan County hosts funeral for Navajo Nation policeman killed in off-duty accident

Navajo Nation officials say an officer with the police department in Kayenta, Arizona, has died in an off-duty car accident. Tribal officials say Nelson Martin was killed in a crash Monday. His funeral was held Tuesday in Goulding, San Juan County.
Navajo Nation officials say an officer with the police department in Kayenta, Arizona, has died in an off-duty car accident. Tribal officials say Nelson Martin was killed in a crash Monday. His funeral was held Tuesday in Goulding, San Juan County.
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GOULDING, San Juan County — Navajo Nation officials say a senior officer with the police department in Kayenta, Arizona, has died in an off-duty car accident.

Tribal officials say Nelson Martin was killed in a crash Monday. His funeral was held Tuesday in Goulding.

Martin had been with the police department since 2002, officials said. He was a member of the strategic reaction team and a school resource officer, they said.

Martin worked in collaboration with the Kayenta Unified School District to provide security, prevent crime and create a safe environment for the tribe's schoolchildren, according to the police department.

The Navajo Nation's vast reservation spans more than 27,000 square miles in Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.