Texas Deputy Darren Goforth's best friend gave a moving tribute to the slain police officer at his funeral today. https://t.co/sJPWXbu0bM
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 4, 2015
Prayers for his family.
HOUSTON (AP) — Thousands of law enforcement officers stood at attention to form a wall Friday outside one of Houston’s largest churches as a 21-gun salute and flyover by police helicopters were carried out in honor of a slain sheriff’s deputy.
The symbolic gestures followed the funeral for Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth, who was gunned down at a gas pump a week ago.
“We come to this place with heavy hearts, and have questions we don’t really understand,” Lt. Don Savell, the chaplain for the sheriff’s department, said as the ceremony at Second Baptist Church began. “We gather to share the grief we all feel and perhaps to find the strength to bear our sorrow and to look for seeds of hope.”
The church, which holds 7,000 people, was filled. Some officers stood outside and watched the service on big-screen televisions, while other spectators gathered outside the suburban convenience store where Goforth was killed to view the funeral on screens set up there. Flowers, balloons, posters and written messages in memory of Goforth still surround the pump where he was shot.