Celebrating the life of Deputy Dakota Moreno

The community is still celebrating the life of Deputy Dakota Moreno, even weeks after he passed away from a motorcycle accident.

VICTORIA, Texas – Dakota Joseph Moreno was born in Nevada, he graduated from high school in Texas, where he enjoyed paying many sports. One of his greatest passions I life was his love for motorcycles, he enjoyed spending time with his friends as well.  

Dakota was very involved in his family relationships and was close with his sister Ashely Moreno, cousins, and uncles. When Ashley had two children, Dakota was always by her side to help her in whichever way possible.  

“He was the actual main role model, for my son and my daughter. When I was actually pregnant with my son, I had a lot of morning sickness, and I had no one there so he would like literally held my hair, pat my back, gave me water. When I was not feeling good and I couldn’t sleep – he’ll help me sleep and then he’ll go to his room. And when I had my son, he was always involved with him,” Ashley Moreno said. 

His uncle, Edward Moreno, reminisces on a memory when he tried to help Dakota come out of his own shell, as he was a little shy when he was younger.  

I want to try to look back and remember that he had a crush on a little girl and D.J. was a very quiet kid, so I was trying to get him to come out of his shell. And so I played this song and he had a deep voice for a young kid, I said ‘you got to use that voice to your advantage.’ You got to put your hand up and sing this song, like you mean it, from the bottom of your heart. And he was dancing and he was singing and we played that particular song over and over. That’s something that I’ll never forget about him,” said Edward Moreno.  

As a respectful, soft-spoken, gentle, and sometimes out-going person – he loved to be supportive. Dakota always wanted to joining the police force to help protect his community and was later promoted to Deputy.  

“He always wanted to protect and serve everyone, like definitely when he was a kid, he tried to watch over us. Anyways, he was scrawny, don’t get me wrong, he was scrawny, but he always wanted to protect and he always wanted to become a cop. And definitely when he found out that he got the call from Hallettsville, he enjoyed it. He was happy and he did what he loved, but at the end of the day – my brother is still pulling everyone together. No matter what,” shared his sister Ashley. 

The Moreno family reminisces on happy and lovely memories of Dakota, they appreciate the community coming together in his honor, as he touched many lives. They are using this time to celebrate the wonder life he had here in Victoria.  

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