SANTA CLARITA – Hundreds of law enforcement officials gathered Wednesday to remember a sheriff's deputy who earlier this month unexpectedly lost her life.
Cecilia Hoschet, known to loved ones as "Cee Cee," was remembered as a loving mother and a compassionate first-responder with an infectious laugh. Always smiling, she loved country music, Hello Kitty and being outdoors.
On Sept. 6, Hoschet, 32, was fatally shot by her husband in their La Cañada home before he turned the gun on himself.
The couple's 6-year-old son was home at the time of her death.
Hoschet's husband, six-year Los Angeles County Firefighter James Taylor, was found dead that evening at a county fire facility in Pacoima from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Loved ones gathered at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church Wednesday morning for her funeral service, where colleagues called her a "tough cookie" with a sense of humor.
Hoschet started the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy despite having a fractured foot. Though she bowed out midway, she was placed in the next class, and excelled to the top, a colleague said.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Division is still investigating the details of the case. Lt. Dave Coleman said Thursday that officials learned an argument between the couple that day may have precipitated events.
"We do know that on the night of the incident, [Hoschet] indicated to her husband she wanted a separation, so it's obvious there were some marital problems," Coleman said.
At the time of her death, she worked at the Inmate Reception Center of the Los Angeles County jail.
Her longterm goal was to join the agency's special enforcement bureau.