Yesterday, flags across Texas were lowered to half mast to mourn the death of Deputy Darren Goforth, who was brutally murdered this past weekend simply because he was a police officer. Today, there is breaking news out of Chicago that yet another police officer has been gunned down in the line of duty.
On Friday evening, Deputy Goforth was on duty, taking a few minutes to pump some gas into his patrol car, when a cop-hating monster with a gun crept up behind him and shot him in the back of the head. After Deputy Goforth fell to the ground, his attacker unloaded the remainder of his bullets into him, shooting him a total of 15 times, to the horror of onlookers.
Officer Goforth was pronounced dead at the scene. He leaves behind a wife who calls herself “blessed so richly” and “privileged” by their relationship, a 12 year old daughter, and a 5 year old son. After an extensive manhunt, his killer was identified as Shannon J. Miles, a known criminal with a history of violence.
Despite this being an obvious hate crime, instead of sparking racial tensions in the northwest Houston community, this detestable crime has instead triggered a phenomenal show of unity and support for law enforcement.
Thousands of people of all ages and races gathered on Sunday to march to the Chevron gas station at the corner of West Road and Telge. Visitors have been adding balloons, cards, candles, and flowers to the memorial ever since.
“While the national media hotly debates whether ‘black lives’ or ‘all lives’ matter, it conveniently ignores the consequences of carelessly fanning the flames of hostility against local law enforcement,” said Congressman Kevin Brady. “We saw those consequences in December when two New York police officers were murdered execution-style while sitting in a parked patrol car in Brooklyn. When law enforcement is targeted for their uniform – for their commitment to protecting our families, our businesses and communities – we are all targeted.”
Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson personally read the allegations against Shannon Miles, Deputy Goforth’s killer, who has been charged with capital murder, outside the courtroom on Monday.
The Houston Astros dedicated their latest game in honor of the fallen officer, taking their hats off and standing in respect as the deputy’s photo shone down over the field from a giant screen.
“My husband was an incredibly, intricate blend of toughness and gentility,” Deputy Goforth’s wife Kathleen recalled in a written statement. “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.”
Those wishing to donate to the Goforth family may do so via this GoFundMe Page.
A funeral service, open to the public, will be held this Friday.
Funeral Service: Friday, September 4
Viewing: 10 AM | Service: 11 AM
Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77057
Interment: Woodlawn Cemetery
8010 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024