Diego Moreno Memorial Scholarship provides student support


After the devastating loss of their son Diego, Lizzie and Randy Lee wanted to honor his memory in a meaningful way, so they created a fund through which his legacy would be passed on.

Police officer and WSU alumnus Diego Moreno.
Diego Moreno, photo from Officer Down Memorial Page

Diego Moreno was a shining light, with an empathetic presence and a radiating smile. He had an extreme ability to sense and understand the feelings of others without needing deeper explanations. If one was happy, Diego felt that happiness as his own; if one was troubled, he would go out of his way to help. He went above and beyond to make people feel seen, appreciated, valued, and loved.

Diego attended Washington State University, and graduated in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in digital technology and culture and a minor in criminal justice and criminology. He was drawn to law enforcement a few years after his graduation, and became a Police Officer in Kent, Washington, in 2010. Sadly, he was killed in the line of duty on July 22, 2018.

During his eight years as a police officer, Diego served with compassion and chose assignments that put him in a position to care for and help the members of his community. Through his work, he touched countless lives and earned many awards, the majority were life-saving awards. Above all, Diego was a beloved son, husband, father, brother, and grandson. Lizzie and Randy established the Diego Moreno Memorial Scholarship to honor Diego’s life and his legacy of love and service. 

If you would like to make a gift to the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, please click “I Want to Give” or contact the CAS Development office at cas.development@wsu.edu or 509-335-1096. Your support is welcome and appreciated!