‘I wish he was here’: Son of slain Des Moines officer carries the memory of his father on, off the mat

By Cody Goodwin, cgoodwin2@dmreg.com


BELMOND, Ia. — Cameron Beminio started wrestling when he was 6 years old. He remembers going to practices at Simpson College in Indianola and walking during warmups while the other kids ran. It wasn’t until he was older that he began to take it seriously.

Most of all, he remembers his dad. Anthony Beminio coached his oldest son from the moment he started wrestling until Nov. 2, 2016, when he and fellow police officer Justin Martin were both killed in an ambush early that morning in Des Moines. His dad was just 38 years old.

“Sometimes I can picture what he would say before matches,” Cameron Beminio says. “A lot of the time, he’d say, ‘Get you knees off the mat,’ or, ‘Get more forward pressure.’ He’d always say 'forward pressure, forward pressure.' That was pounded into my head as a little kid.

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