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Murdered Officer Remembered by Family

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Hundreds of people turned out in Taylor County on Friday morning, to remember a police officer killed in his own home.

Lebanon Police Officer David Ford was shot once in the back of the head earlier this week. His wife found his body Tuesday in their Campbellsville home.

In an emotional ceremony, the family of Officer Ford pulled together Friday to say their final goodbyes.

"He always looked up to me. He didn't know I looked up to him," said Darrell Ford, Officer Ford's older brother.

Betty Ford says her son meant the world to her, taken too soon after being shot and killed.

"Thirty minutes after I talked to him I found out he was gone. I hope God is taking care of him now. He's my baby," says Betty Ford.

The officer is now being remembered by community members and co-workers.

"It's sad when you lose an officer, but even sadder when it's a friend," says Chief Shelton Young, with the Lebanon Police Department.

Ford was also honored by officers across the state, and people who know him best: his wife and children, mother and siblings, and other family members. They say they are still wanting answers about his death, and hope police soon find the person responsible.

However, in the meantime, they are thankful that the community has pulled together to support their loved one.

"I am so proud and always will be until the day I die. I'm proud of my baby boy," says Betty Ford.

Lebanon Police say this homicide investigation continues. With Officer Ford's funeral now over, they hope to focus their efforts on finding the person who shot and killed him.


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