A snapshot of Obama’s America: Mourners gather to pay tribute to fallen officer

Goforth VigilAbout 1,000 mourners gathered to create a makeshift memorial for Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, was who tragically murdered in cold blood over the weekend.

Those in attendance placed flowers, candles, posters and other items at the gas pump where the deputy stood when Shannon Miles, 30, walked behind him and fired several shots at point blank range, KHOU reported.

The mourners said they were focused on healing their community.

“We really need a lot of healing, rather than anger. We need the community to understand, most of us are out here, are here to help, we are really here to do good,” Goforth’s childhood friend and Houston Police Officer Roland Delasantos told KHOU.

“These are some troubling times right now, as a chaplain, a pastor and peace officer, it is my prayer that we can allow this to be the process of not just healing this community, but our entire nation,” said Sheriff’’s Chaplain Shannon Boudoin.

Another of Goforth’s friends, Andre Renolds, followed the lead of Sheriff Ron Hickman and District Attorney Devon Anderson in blaming Goforth’s death on the anti-police rhetoric so prevalent in America today.

“It’s the uniform, it’s people out there spreading hate about police officers when these police officers are out there trying to protect and serve us,” he told KHOU.

Kathleen Goforth, the fallen officer’s widow, released the following statement:

There are no words for this. All the language that I know is inadequate for what I want to express. But for Darren, I will try. I can’t describe him with clichés and platitudes. My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility. 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 was what made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know the kind of man he was…This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor. However, it was I who was blessed so richly that I had the privilege of calling him my husband and my best friend.


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