CYPRESS, TX- United, we Goforth! That’s the message from friends, family, and fellow officers who gathered in Cypress to remember Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth.
The 47-year-old husband, and father of two, was gunned down a year ago in Northwest Harris County, after gassing up his patrol car.
Today's memorial was a celebration of Goforth's life, so there were tears, but also laughter. “There’s 3 things about Darren I remember the most... he always had that smile, he had a stupid sense of humor, and that boy could talk” laughs Deputy Cathy Helstrom.
Chief Tim Cannon remind everyone, “We are the ones who serve for you. We are the ones that find justice for you. Sometimes there’s justice, sometimes there’s- just us.” A message Terri Mitchell can relate to, “This is very near and dear to me. It hit home that our officers, every day, you never know whether they’re going to come home or not.”
Police say Shannon Miles is the reason Goforth never made it home- allegedly shooting him because he was a cop. Miles has been charged with Capital Murder, but declared incompetent to stand trial. He’s been at a state mental hospital since July.
“I didn’t know the officer, but I sure appreciate what he does, and the rest of the policemen do for us" says Billy Dalton, who attended the memorial. He and others who "back the Blue" want everyone to know "Darren Goforth will never be forgotten" because, "United, we Goforth."