Over 1,000 people walk on West Rd. to honor HCSO sheriff's deputy

By Cathy Hernandez - Reporter

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - ?Hundreds of people marched in the streets of northwest Harris County for Deputy Darren Goforth who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

"It's inspiring to see how many people want to praise God despite the tragedy," said Britt Willows.

The march took them a mile and a half from the West Houston Church of Christ to the spot where the 10-year veteran was killed Friday night.

Goforth was a husband and father to a five-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl.

"It breaks my heart to know they're gonna be without a father," Michelle Carmona said.

Carmona joined the march with her three children who were all thinking of Goforth's loved ones.

"I hope they grow up to be strong and loyal like their father was," said Jessica Carmona.

Many, including Deanna Skoglund, hoped this show of support will help people remember the need forlaw enforcement.

"They're here for us. They're here to keep the peace. They're not here to hurt anybody. They're here to help and we need to show them more appreciation," Skoglund said

She wants the violence in our communities to stop.

"Everyone needs to see that we're united and we're not gonna let someone with bad intentions and try to tear everyone apart. We're not going to let them win," Skoglund said.

On Saturday and Sunday, volunteers at the memorial raised nearly $70,000 for the Goforth family.

A Goforth family spokesperson told KPRC 2 that funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at Second Baptist Church on Voss Road and Woodway Drive.

Goforth's wife Kathleen Goforth released the following statement Saturday to KPRC 2:

"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 cliches and platitudes. I need to do better than that; he deserves better than that.

"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 what kind of man he was...This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, 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."

Donations to Goforth's family can be made to The 100 Club. A GoFundMe has also been established for Goforth.

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