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Marques Ramon Brown is charged with the murder of a Lumberton police officer. (Source: Cumberland Co. Sheriff's Office) Marques Ramon Brown is charged with the murder of a Lumberton police officer. (Source: Cumberland Co. Sheriff's Office)

LUMBERTON, NC (WMBF) - Friends and family paid their respects to the late Lumberton officer who was shot and killed last week.

"He never forgot a face, always had a joke or something nice to say," said Michelle Cox, a classmate of Goodson's from Lumberton Senior High School. "Even after high school, if he saw you on the street, he'd bring up a joke that started back in school."

"He was a nice officer. He believed in helping each and everyone," said James Thompson. Thompson, along with thousands of other people, lined the Fayetteville Road from Lumberton Senior High all the way to I-95. The crowd paid their last respects to Goodson as a horse-drawn carriage carried the casket to its final resting place.

Law enforcement liaisons from all over both North and South Carolina took part in the procession, guiding the casket containing Goodson's body past the very gas station where he was killed while trying to apprehend a suspect.

Visitations for Master Police Officer Jeremiah Goodson Jr. were held at the Lumberton Senior High School Monday night.

Marques Ramon Brown, 27, of Whiteville, was charged with the murder of officer Goodson that happened at a gas station just off Interstate 95 last week.

Officer Goodson was off duty when he reportedly spotted Brown who was wanted by police. When back-up arrived, Goodson approached Brown's car and that's when investigators say Brown shot and killed the officer.

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