Harris County, TX: A community remembers Harris County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Darren Goforth.

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Harris County, TX: A community remembers Harris County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Darren Goforth.

More than thousand people walked along West Road in Cypress, Texas on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 in support of a Harris County Sheriff’s Department Deputy who was shot and killed on Friday, August 28th, 2015.

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** Pictures from Cathy Hernandez (Twitter Username: @ReporterCathy) and NBC affiliate KPRC Channel 2: **

According to Harris County Sheriff’s Department Ron Hickman, 47 year old Darren Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff’s Department Deputy, was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston, Texas on Friday, August 28th, 2015 when a man with a gun approached him from behind and began shooting him several times killing him.

Christine Bossi organized the prayer walk and vigil which started from Crossbridge Church and West Houston Church of Christ.

** Video from Marcelino Benito (Twitter Username: @MarcelinoKHOU): **

During the prayer walk and vigil, people where seen shaking hand with a law enforcement officer.

** Video from westhouston (Twitter Username: @westhouston): **

The prayer walk and vigil ended with people completely surrounding the Chevron Gas Station to honor Darren Goforth at a growing memorial of flowers, balloons, cards, and candles lay where Darren Goforth was murdered by the hands of a crazed gunman.

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** Picture from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department: **

Darren Goforth was a 10-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department and is survived by his wife,Kathleen Goforth, who works as a school teacher, and 2 children, ages 12 and 5.

In a statement, Kathleen Goforth said, “There are no words for this. All the language that I know is inadequate for what I want to express, but for Darren I will try. I can’t describe him with cliches and platitudes – I need to do better than that. He deserves better than that. My husband was an incredibly, intricate blend of toughness and gentility. He was loyal…fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass. I admired this quality, perhaps the most. For that’s what made Darren good and he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was….this is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague and a neighbor. However, it is I who was blessed so richly that I had the privilege of calling him my husband and my best friend.”

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** Picture from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department: **

The crazed gunman, 30 year old Shannon Miles, will be arraigned in court on Monday, August 31st, 2015 facing a capital murder charge for the deadly shooting of a law enforcement officer in Harris County, Texas.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, the deadly shooting appeared to be unprovoked and crazed gunman has a previous criminal history including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm.

A court trial for the crazed gunman could still be a year or more away.

According to Harris County Sheriff’s Department Ron Hickman, “Our assumption is that he (Darren Goforth) was a target because he wore a uniform. At this moment, we found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that.”

 

** ZachNews send our thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to the families and friends of Harris County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Darren Goforth. **

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