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Slain Lumberton officer remembered for compassion, courage

Posted July 23, 2012
Updated July 24, 2012

— Hundreds of friends, family members and colleagues gathered Monday evening at Lumberton High School to pay respects to a police officer who was shot last week outside a gas station.

People who knew Master Patrol Officer Jeremiah Montgomery Goodson Jr., 32, seem to remember him by his smile, his caring attitude and his dedication to the force.

"We are brothers and sisters in this job, and we have lost a member of our family," said Michael Brown, a sergeant with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Police Chief Michael McNeill said Goodson will be remembered by his legacy.

"He was caring. He was compassionate. He was courageous," McNeill said.

Goodson had been with the department for six years, served on its gang unit and worked as a school resource officer at Lumberton High School.

That's how he came to know student Joshua McNair.

"(His death) really hurt me because he was a close friend of mine," McNair said. "I just think, life is short. Life is short."

The student said people were pouring into the wake to mourn and honor Goodson, and show support for his family.

"There are a lot of people in there. There is a lot of emotion, a lot of sadness," he said. Lumberton Officer Hundreds expected for funeral of slain Lumberton officer

Goodson is survived by his wife, Lametria, who is expecting the couple's second child any day now, and a 2-year-old daughter.

Lumberton resident Sherry Williams said she tried to bring comfort to Lametria Goodson at the wake.

"I hugged her neck and I said, 'Continue to let God be with you and let God guide you,'" Williams said. "It is heartbreaking."

Goodson was fatally shot last Tuesday in front of Xpress Depot, at 5030 Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, while he was off duty. Investigators say Goodson spotted a man who had outstanding warrants and called on-duty officers for help.

As Officer Ronnie Hayes was pulling into the parking lot in his patrol car, Goodson got out of his vehicle and approached Marques Ramon Brown, police said.

Brown then opened fire on Goodson, and Hayes took him into custody, police said.

Brown is charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond in the Cumberland County jail. Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt said he plans to seek the death penalty against him.

Lumberton Mayor Ray Pennington said the crime has impacted the entire community.

"(Goodson) was just doing his job, and he didn't have a chance," he said. "Why, and why him? Why Lumberton?"

A funeral for Goodson is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lumberton High. 


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 26, 2012

    @emtp2k, with friends like that, who needs enemies? Add in the fact that 30,000 children starve to death on our planet every day...and where’s the benevolence?...where’s the power of love?

    And FYI, “Superstition is a belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any physical process linking the two events, such as astrology, omens, witchcraft, etc., that contradicts natural science.” -- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superstition

  • emtp2k Jul 24, 2012


    The presence of God, is no superstition. Many times he works in ways none of us understand. Many times he takes good people from this earth or allows bad things to happen to good people in order to speak to those that are lost. Maybe he is trying to reach the man who shot and killed the officer, maybe he is trying to reach someone else. The Lord knows what purpose this served. My father was a very good man, a great christian, and did much for the community he lived in. Many articles were written about his life. It's tough when you lose a loved one but I have piece that my father is in a great place. I hope the family of this slain officer also has such a peace.

  • Sampson chick Jul 24, 2012

    I wholeheartedly BELIEVE there is a God. My heart breaks for this heroic officer who put his life on the line everyday. None of us know why things like this happens, but i am sure that this officers family will agree that there is definitely a God who is comforting them and seeing themn through this most difficult time. It is so sad that a hero...a great man lost his life due to the ignorance of bad guy. But dont blame God! God Bless the family of this officer!

  • dwallace9392 Jul 24, 2012

    GOD BLESS HIS FAMILY,AND FRIENDS!!!!! The family will need all of their real friends now. Watch over them and help anyway that you can, even if it is just to listen, help out with the kids. Hold on to GOD'S UNCHANGING HANDS!!!! Justice will be served.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 24, 2012

    This policeman was courageous and altruistic person who put his life on the line, every day, for other humans. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

    That said, if you believe there is a god, as several folks here have mentioned with great passion, then you have some explaining to do...to us and yourself. Tell us why an all-powerful, all-loving deity would choose the life of man who had outstanding warrants and violent intentions over our hero policeman. The answer is that such a being either doesn't exist or is not all-loving.

    So, drop the superstition and let's honor this hero...here and now...for the good that he did for other humans! Let’s hold him up as an example of the kind of person we want to see in the world.

    Let’s work to help each other mentally evolve away from superstition and beliefs and work with facts and reality to reduce the violence on our planet.

  • emtp2k Jul 24, 2012

    May the Lord, comfort and protect his family and friends in this difficult time, from all that has been said about him, it appears the state has lost a good officer.

  • emtp2k Jul 24, 2012

    Truebluee0100, actually columbine and now aurora are cultural problems. In our culture today we train kids to kill with video games, many of which are very similar to some of the training the military currently uses. Several studies have been done by the military since the 1960s on getting the soldiers to perform an awful task such as killing. The soldier first must be desnsitized. This is what happens in video games. Kids are desensitized to killing and to them they are playing a game. Except this one doesn't have a reset button. Before the 1960s most marksmanship training in the military was done with bullseye targets. Now they use silhouette targets initially then some soldiers are moved to vidoe games where they play wargames. This killing in a video game desensitizes them to the fact they are killing a person. Once you kill once, it's easier to kill again for most people.

  • The Rebel Alliance Jul 24, 2012

    Godspeed and thank you for your service to our community!!

  • abbynork Jul 24, 2012

    There is no death penalty in NC.

  • 20K Jul 24, 2012

    The killer should be tried soon and excuted!!!!