Police chief visits girl who offered allowance to grieving officers

Police chief visits girl who offered allowance to grieving officers

Round Rock police Chief Allen Banks hugs Ximena and her brother during a visit to their home. Ximena had given her $4 allowance to the Police Department as a kind gesture after the funeral of Round Rock police officer Charles Whites last week.

Round Rock police Chief Allen Banks returned a young girl’s kind gesture last week with a hug and gifts during a visit to her home.

Ximena, 7, left an envelope under the front door at police headquarters following the funeral of officer Charles Whites on Wednesday. Inside were a hand-written letter and four $1 bills.

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“Thank you for everything you do,” she wrote. “I’m sorry to hear about officer Whites. I wanted to donate my allowance. Love, Ximena.”

While the envelope did not include a return address, Banks was able to find Ximena's home address and decided to stop by for a quick visit. He brought along a few gifts, including the chief's CHIP Challenge coin.

Banks and officers, family and friends have been grieving after the loss of officer Whites, who police said was hit by a vehicle while directing traffic on Interstate 35 on Feb. 25. Raul Martinez faces a charge of intoxication assault causing bodily injury in the incident.