“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Abigail Arias, the child who became an officer, a change agent for good and today, an Angel,” the department said on its Facebook page Tuesday.
Arias had Wilms’ tumour — a type of childhood cancer that starts in the kidneys — and made headlines in February when Freeport police held a swearing-in ceremony for her.
According to ABC13, the seven-year-old had wanted to become a police officer.
Freeport police said that she was known as “Officer Arias 758.” She had a custom-made police officer’s uniform made for her February swearing-in ceremony, where she had to stand on a step ladder to take the oath.
“Her love, compassion, and most importantly, her magnanimous spirit, will live on for generations to come,” the Freeport police Facebook post read.
Freeport is a city of about 12,000 people, located 50 miles (80 kilometres) south of Houston.
Arias was first diagnosed with the rare incurable form of cancer in 2017, ABC13 reported.
— With files by The Associated Press
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