September 4, 2015:
Funeral services for Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth were held today. The officer gunned down in cold blood at a gas station was laid to rest amid an enormous outpouring of grief and support from the Houston area and across the state of Texas.
A Houston couple came forward at Deputy Darren Goforth’s funeral to say in a heartbreaking letter that the law enforcement officer was not alone when he died.
“We are so sorry for your loss. We were at the gas station the night Deputy Goforth was killed. We didn’t see anything, as we were at the back of the store. (Name redacted at request) sat with Deputy Goforth until help arrived, and we wish there was more we could have done. Please, know that your husband, father, son, and friend was not alone. We will honor him and encourage people in our community to honor and support all law enforcement and first responders. Deputy Goforth’s service is greatly appreciated. We mourn his loss, and you and your family are in our prayers as you heal from this tragedy.”
A memorial for Deputy Darren Goforth continues to grow at the west Harris County gas station where he died. The makeshift memorial at the gas station drew many mourners who could not attend the actual funeral services. ABC13’s Kevin Quinn captured this heartbreaking moment as an unidentified gentleman walked up to the memorial, played Taps and simply walked away.
Law enforcement officers from Liberty County gathered en masse to observe a moment of silence in memory of Officer Goforth as well.
No politics, no racial division, just an outpouring of affection and support for an officer who dedicated his life to serving his community. 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.
Support for law enforcement has been waning in recent years, but Deputy Goforth’s murder, along with several other cases of law enforcement officers being “targeted” recently, has resulted in a strong resurgence of community support.