Thousands of police officers from across the country flooded to the funeral of Deputy Darren Goforth this Friday to pay their respects to their fellow fallen officer. Goforth was shot dead while pumping gas at a local gas station in Houston Texas last week. 15 shells casings were found near his body.
His funeral had a turn out of nearly 8,000 people, exceeding the 7,000 seats that were in the sanctuary to begin with. Those who were unable to make it into the funeral watched on big screens outside and paid their respects. Officers across the country were asked to flash their lights during a moment of silence for Goforth.
As tragic as this death was, some good seems to be coming from it. Rev. Dr. Ed Young, who is a senior pastor at the Second Baptist Church in Houston, says that he has seen many changes in the community since the tragic incident. He has noticed more families praying for the lives of officers and even watched on as a stranger watched another officer’s back while he pumped gas. The community has also managed to raise $170,000 for the family of the fallen officer.
Many are heartbroken over the loss. His fellow officers only had kind words to say about him, stating “Darren Goforth was one of the good guys, one that made a difference”. Others mentioned how his life was senselessly taken and that he was taken too soon. Other officers are even calling the killers cowards for what they have done.
Goforth will be leaving behind his family and many friends. His wife and two children, ages 5 and 12 are left heartbroken over the loss of this wonderful man. His memory was honored by a 21 gun solute at his funeral as well as a police helicopter flyover and a riderless horse.
Our hearts go out to the family at this difficult time.