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Mourners grieve for slain Lumberton officer

Posted July 24, 2012 12:43 p.m. EDT
Updated July 24, 2012 12:53 p.m. EDT

— Hundreds of people paid their respects at Master Patrol Officer Jeremiah Goodson's funeral Tuesday morning, honoring the police officer who was shot and killed last Tuesday in Lumberton.

The funeral was held at Lumberton High School, where Goodson, 32, was a school resource officer. He served six years on the Lumberton police force and was a member of the gang unit. City councilman John Cantey said he was beloved by every member of the community and could be counted on any time he was needed.

"He is truly going to be missed," Cantey said. "It's a tragedy for our city."

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

Goodson was off duty last week when he spotted a man wanted for outstanding warrants at Xpress Depot, a gas station at 5030 Fayetteville Road. He approached the man, Marques Brown, who then shot and killed him. The district attorney will pursue the death penalty in the case.