HOUSTON – Shannon Miles, the accused killer in the unprovoked ambush and murder of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth appeared in court.
“Shot him in the back of the head. Deputy Goforth fell to the ground and the male stood over him and fired several more times into the back of his head and his back,” Harris County District Attorney, Devon Anderson stated to the judge.
As the family of Deputy Goforth and the police community reel from the shock of their loss, members of the community stand in support.
“Saturday night was a prayer vigil for Deputy Goforth and Sunday was a prayer walk, and people from all races, from all around the county came. Over a thousand both nights came to support law enforcement, that’s what Houston, Harris County is about,” said Anderson.
And though money won’t make up for their loss, the 100 Club, an extended family supporting law enforcement officers and fire fighters in tragic times, is making sure the family has resources.
Rick Hartley ,100 Club Executive Director explained, “Our first mission is to provide $20,000 to Mrs. Goforth to help with any immediate financial needs that that family may have. And then, when the time is right, we will go back and do a needs assessment with the family to look at the debt. We pay off mortgages, we pay off vehicle debt.”
The 100 Club will pay for the Goforth children’s college educations as well.
Members of the Sheriff’s Department are still coping with the death of their brother at arms.
“When you lose one of your brethren that way, you’ve lost kind of a piece of yourself. And a lot of times when something, the first thing I thought of when I heard this was a simple saying from church, But for the grace of God go I,” said Robert Goerlitz, President of the Harris County Deputies’ Organization.
Some wonder if it’s a growing trend where law enforcement officers will find it more difficult to do their jobs.
“We’re not going to back down, we’re not going to hide, we’re not going to shirk away from any of these duties. We’re going to keep on going out there every day,” added Goerlitz.
Harris County grieves the loss of one of its own, but stands strong to find justice for Deputy Goforth.
Funeral arrangements for Deputy Darren Goforth are as follows:
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2015
Viewing: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Service: 11:00 AM
Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX 77057
Woodlawn Cemetery, 8010 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024