A GoFundMe account raised over $500,000 for the family of Darren Goforth, the Houston deputy who was murdered in cold blood this summer at a gas station.
Deputy Darren Goforth was shot multiple times during an incident at a Houston gas station on August 28, and people from all over the country are showing their support for the fallen officer’s family. According to a report from Time, thousands of people have raised nearly half a million dollars in donations.
A GoFundMe account was set up by fellow deputy Brandon Herlong, and remained at a level of $300,000 on Sunday night. According to a report from USA Today, volunteers at the Chevron gas station where the shooting took place raised an additional $192,000 in donations. All of the proceeds from the GoFundMe campaign will go to Goforth’s wife Kathleen and their children.
Officer Goforth’s funeral took place on Friday at the Second Baptist Church in Houston, where 7,000 people gathered to bid farewell to the deputy, who was 47 years old.
The shooter, Shannon Miles, age 30, has been kept in police custody since August 29. According to police, Miles approached Goforth from the rear and fired multiple shots while the deputy filled his police cruiser with gas. Harris County Sherriff Ron Hickman told reporters that the killing was a “cold-blooded assassination.”
The donations will help the family move forward with their lives, but will do little to ease the pain caused by this truly senseless act of violence.