Natalie Corona documentary premieres in Davis, Colusa

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By Lauren Keene McNaughton Media A documentary honoring the life of slain Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona will premiere locally in late July, during the week Corona would have turned 25 years old.

“Natalie Corona Remembered,” a documentary honoring the fallen Davis police officer, premieres next month in Davis and Colusa.
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The public is invited to view “Natalie Corona Remembered” on Saturday, July 24, in Colusa, near Corona’s Arbuckle hometown, while a Davis showing is set for 6 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at the Veterans Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. Seating is limited for Davis’ premiere, with attendance granted on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP for the event here. Filmmaker Larry Cappetto’s project originally was scheduled for release in 2020, but like many other events was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’re very grateful for Larry, and we’re excited to be able to share this with everybody,” Lupe Corona, Natalie’s mother, said of the documentary that’s been two years in the making. “It’s going to be raw and emotional, but at the same time it will be very loving and a nice tribute to Natalie.” Corona was a 22-year-old rookie and rising star in the Davis Police Department when a disturbed gunman ambushed her on Jan. 10, 2019, as she investigated a traffic collision in downtown Davis. He took his own life during a police standoff later that night. The tragedy, along with the story of Corona’s passion for police work, garnered attention across the country and beyond — including in Grand Junction, Colo., where Cappetto has made a series of documentaries honoring war veterans and law-enforcement officers. “Her life inspired me,” Cappetto, himself a former sheriff’s deputy, told The Davis Enterprise back in September 2019. “She was an amazing young woman taken just way too soon.” After reaching out to Corona’s family for their blessing on the project, Cappetto traveled to California in July 2019 to interview dozens of the fallen officer’s family, colleagues, friends and others who influenced her life. The family also shared photos and home movies from Corona’s upbringing. “Our hope is that the story of Natalie’s life comes out, beyond the uniform and the badge, and people will be able to see the caring person she was her whole life,” said Merced Corona, Natalie’s father. “Natalie was a beautiful person inside and out, and we want her legacy to continue.”

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