Funerals, Community, and Coming together

I wish I had the technical skills to insert some of the video from this week that covered the murder of this Sheriff, the community outpouring of support, the memorial services, the prayer meetings, the walks that brought thousands of people together in my part of this vast city.   This incident happened only a few miles from my home.

Tomorrow, well today, in a few hours I’ll get back up and head to the funeral for this Sheriff’s Deputy, Darren Goforth.

The ladies I’m going with are making signs, as we probably won’t be able to get in.  So we will park, stand in solidarity for our community and show support for the fallen officer, his family, and the Law Enforcement community in general.

This murder has shaken our little part of town.  It has brought people together.  When we got the news that Protest Groups from fake churches on the East Coast were coming to demonstrate against this man and his family an outcry went forth. This so called church goes to the funerals of soldiers to spew their hatred for the military too.  So we are going to show our support, and hopefully keep at bay those who would seek to harm, spread hate, or desire to claim some sort of sick attention at this time of mourning.

This event seems to be a tipping point in our area of the country.  We are tired of the division, the hate, the ‘my life means more than yours, so you owe me‘ attitude that has been shoved in the faces of decent, law abiding, hard working, tax paying, regular folk who are living their lives without asking anyone for anything, but to live in peace.

People, neighbors, and friends of all races, all religions, all cultures have come out to march, pray, and give support to this family.  It’s really been a moving and emotional week.  I wish I could share all the video, all the commentary, all the goodness that has flowed out from our community.

If you could say a little prayer for us.  I would appreciate it.

Deputy Sheriff Darren H. Goforth | Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
Deputy Sheriff
Darren H. Goforth
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, August 28, 2015
Bio & Incident Details
Age: 47

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Charged with capital murder

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Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth was shot and killed from ambush while pumping gas into his patrol car at a commercial gas station at the intersection of West and Telge Roads, in Cypress.

Deputy Goforth was on patrol and had completed an assignment at the scene of a vehicle collision. He went to a local gas station to fuel his patrol car. As Deputy Goforth stood next to his patrol car filling it with fuel, a male subject walked up behind him and fired multiple shots. After Deputy Goforth fell to the ground, the subject shot him several more times before fleeing the scene in a pickup truck.

The subject was apprehended the next day following a massive manhunt involving multiple law enforcement agencies from around the Harris County and Houston area. He was charged with capital murder.

Deputy Goforth had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 10 years. He is survived by his wife and two children, ages 5 and 12.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Sheriff Ron Hickman
Harris County Sheriff’s Office
1200 Baker Street
Attn: Family Assistance Unit
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: (713) 755-8461

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4 thoughts on “Funerals, Community, and Coming together

  1. Wendy, I am so saddened by this. Amazing how blogging has brought something on the news into my kitchen with a closer connection to you. I will be praying – for the Goforth family, his department, friends, community and you, too, friend, as you stand vigil. Peace and hugs.

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