Bittersweet graduation for son of fallen APD officer

Graduate Mati Abdul-Khaliq with his family in blue. (Austin Police Department)
Graduate Mati Abdul-Khaliq with his family in blue. (Austin Police Department)

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Even though fallen Austin Police Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq wasn’t sitting in the audience to see his son Mati Abdul-Khaliq graduate from high school, his brothers and sisters in blue were.

As Mati Abdul-Khaliq walked across the stage to graduate from McNeil High School, his father’s former colleagues from the Austin Police Department were on hand to show their support. Interim Chief of Police Brian Manley summed up the department’s support in one tweet: “Always family & never forgotten.”

After Mati walked off the stage, he was greeted with hugs from nearly 20 first responders ranging from APD officers to Cedar Park police officers. At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, Mati was attending Leander High but switched to McNeil for the rest of the school year.

Mati’s father died in September 2016 when he was hit by a car while working motorcycle duty for a funeral procession. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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