CYPRESS, Texas - Dozens gathered in Southwest Houston Saturday morning to remember a slain deputy, Darren Goforth.
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It has been a year since Goforth was gunned down at a Chevron gas station on West Road in Cypress.
It was an emotional time for many who attended the memorial.
"One of the worst times of my life was watching as we loaded Darren's body into the body guard at the station,” Harris County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Tim Cannon said.
The public was invited to the memorial held near the park on Barker Cypress, now named after Goforth.
Time has not healed the wounds for many who knew Goforth, but they got through the day with a little bit of laughter.
“They knew him. They knew him well,” Goforth’s father, Allen Goforth, said. “He was just like that, always smiling.”
Many of the people Goforth worked with had good things to remember about him at the memorial. Some of the most powerful words came from police Chief Rex Evans, who worked with Goforth for many years.
“I can promise you, you’re not forgotten nor shall you ever be,” Evans said of Goforth.
While remembering Goforth Saturday, deputies encouraged people to support the men and women in blue.