Hundreds gathered Saturday in El Cajon to say goodbye to a veteran Border Patrol Agent.
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On August 1, 43-year-old Matthew Maroon was traveling on southbound Interstate 805 when he crashed into a vehicle trying to avoid a disabled car on his way to work. He survived that initial crash, but was then hit by an oncoming car and died.
Maroon spent nearly 17 years as a Border Patrol Agent at the Chula Vista station.
On Saturday he was remembered as a professional who did his job well, and also a guy who simply loved motorcycles.
He was just a big part of our law enforcement, said Maroons friend, Chris Brown.
Maroon loved being a Border Patrol Agent and colleagues said one of his passions was motorcycles.
"He regularly took part in long distance charitable motorcycle rides. One of those rides extend from San Diego to Washington, D.C.," said Border Patrol spokesman Michael Jimenez.
A condolence message from the Sentinels Motorcycle Club on Facebook called Maroon "truly a unique soul."
"We shall smile whenever we remember your humor and how you always made us laugh," the online post said.
"Matt was a hard worker. He was a good Border Patrol agent. [His friends said] he was very likable, very outgoing. He was knowledge in particular about casework and he was easy to share that knowledge with other people," Jimenez said.
On Saturday, it wasn't just Maroon's fellow agents and biking friends that attended his memorial.
United States Attorney Laura Duffy was also there to pay her respects.
Agent Maroon is survived by his family and his soul-mate Kate Goodenough.
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