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‘Hill Street Blues’ Actor Remembered As Spiritual Man

August 6, 1988

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actors Michael Warren and Veronica Hamel paid final respects with some 250 other mourners to ″Hill Street Blues″ actor Trinidad Silva Jr., who was remembered as a spiritual man.

Silva, 38, who with Warren, Miss Hammel and others starred in the long- running TV show, was killed Sunday night when his truck was broadsided by a car.

The truck driver, Robert Owens, 35, was arrested for investigation of drunken driving, felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter. He was to be arraigned in Whittier Municipal Court on Monday.

At a service Friday at San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Silva was remembered by his cousin, David Silva, as ″a very spiritual man″ who also had great talent.

″Trinidad was a man who had great respect and talent, but what mattered to him was love,″ Silva’s cousin said in Spanish.

The actor is best remembered for his role in ″Hill Street Blues″ as the wisecracking gang leader Jesus Martinez who taunted Daniel J. Travanti’s character, police Capt. Frank Furillo, by calling him ″Frankie boy.″

He also won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Frog, an older, more mellow gang leader, in the recent movie ″Colors.″ He had minor roles in other films before landing the part in ″Hill Street Blues.″

Silva’s 2-year-old son, Samuel, and his wife, Sofia, 28, sat quietly during the service. Both suffered minor injuries in the crash.

A memorial service sponsored by the Latino Actors Lab is scheduled Sunday at the Los Angeles Theater Center.

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